Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
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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April 19, 2018
by Tom Van Ness

The Best Seats in the House

The best seat in the house was a reference to a collection of seats located in Aisle 36, row 5, seats 1 – 4 located through Gate D at Wrigley […]

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April 6, 2018
by Jon Van Ness & Jeff Spear

Wrigley Field Memories with Jon Van Ness

I moved to Quincy in August 1981, I arrived a lifelong Cub fan. Quincy was and is predominately Cardinal country, it didn’t take me long to locate Jeff and George […]

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March 26, 2018
by Jeff Spear

How the Spear family became season ticket holders at Wrigley Field

  George Spear was one of the most loyal Chicago Cub fans around. Most people in Quincy knew of his loyalty, and it didn’t take long for someone to see […]

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When both of my children were unexpectedly born still (just two years and two days apart) I was devastated. I didn’t know where to begin the process of laying my […]

— M.M.

Will went above and beyond his necessary service.

— S. T.

…treating you like family and went out of their way to help ease the pain.

— S. V.