Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
October 23, 2018
by Jeff Spear

Black is the new Gold

A common comment over the last decade has been about some color replacing black as the cool, in, trendy, sophisticated color. It usually refers to fashion as in the phrase, […]

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October 20, 2018
by Jeff Spear

Woodstock, Carl Wilson, Irish Setters, Sha Na Na…just what are you talking about?

We just got home from dinner out and I was listening to 70’s rock and roll on the radio when one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard came […]

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October 8, 2018
by Jeff Spear

The Lincoln Room – Part 4

The final significant pieces of Lincoln memorabilia that we have displayed in the Lincoln Room are newspapers associated with the assassination, the funeral in New York City, and ultimately the […]

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September 23, 2018
by Deb Brandt

The final chapter is not the whole story

Depression, mental illness, addictions, personal challenges…there are many reasons someone might choose to end their life. Sometimes there are clues that someone is considering this decision. Sometimes people receive all […]

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September 21, 2018
by Jeff Spear

The Lincoln Room – Part 3

This installment of our ‘tour’ of the Lincoln Room at Hansen-Spear will focus on memorial cards and mourning badges that George acquired while pursuing his hobby of stamp collecting.  The […]

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August 27, 2018
by Jeff Spear

The Lincoln Room – Part 2

I will continue with my series about the collection of artifacts in ‘The Lincoln Room’ at the funeral home by focusing on several envelopes from the 1860’s that my father, […]

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August 20, 2018
by Jeff Spear

The Lincoln Room – Part 1

If you have not visited the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, I would encourage you to do so. It is a wonderful collection of authentic memorabilia and vignettes on Lincoln’s […]

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July 10, 2018
by Deb Brandt

Summer Traditions

Summer traditions were big in my extended family. We were fortunate to share a lake cottage – a place where we gathered with grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, brought friends […]

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June 5, 2018
by Jeff Spear

A Working Vacation

  Sometimes a vacation becomes more than just kicking back and relaxing. Sometimes it takes on a purpose which entails some effort, but in the long run, it also relaxes […]

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May 24, 2018
by Deb Brandt

The Second Year

I’m three months into the second year. My younger sister died unexpectedly in early 2017. I’ve officially made it past all the “firsts.” The holidays without her, her birthday, my […]

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Mr. Durante at Hansen-Spear was understanding, knowledgeable and very comfortable to work with when I was planning the prearrangement for my mother. At the time she passed away, Mr. Durante […]

— M. J.

Our family would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being so thoughtful, and helpful with our needs during our time of sorrow.  The entire staff […]

— S. S.

I am always impressed by how you conduct a funeral so professionally, yet also so personally.  We all appreciate the very good planning and organization.  Thank you so much.

— J. R.