Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
February 17, 2017
by Jeff Spear

We owe them our lives

“Lots of boys not grown up yet will owe their life to it.”  These words were spoken to a reporter by Dr. Robert Oppenheimer when discussing the atomic bomb that […]

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February 15, 2017
by Deb Brandt

Winter Mourning

The long dark months of winter can be challenging for anyone. And, for those who mourn, they can be especially hard.  Midwest winters mean night creeps in through the edges […]

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February 5, 2017
by Brian Durante

Spear Family Cooking: Baked Salmon

I can’t say enough good about salmon. It’s packed with protein, and it has very little saturated fat. It is also a great natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which […]

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January 24, 2017
by Jeff Spear

Saving the planet one sleeve (or Fire) at a time

  I’m the guy who walks into Starbucks with a ‘used’ cup sleeve and asks the barista to reuse it.  This is one of my personal ways to help save […]

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January 11, 2017
by Theresa Spear

Spear Family Cooking: Hummingbird Cake

Today I am sharing the Hummingbird cake recipe which in Quincy is known as the Quincy Service League Gift Show Hummingbird Cake.  It is a dessert which has been made […]

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December 27, 2016
by Deb Brandt-Buehler

Be Gentle With Yourself

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve can be challenging for those who mourn. Whether it is your very first holiday season without your loved one, or your 5th, […]

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December 22, 2016
by Theresa Spear

Spear Family Cooking: Greek Cabbage Casserole

This recipe is the result of many experiments. Will and I both played with the Greek cabbage roll recipe I developed after getting the basics from Katina and Bill “Vasili” […]

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December 9, 2016
by Jeff Spear

The Need to Say ‘Goodbye’

  “A meaningful funeral celebration is about saying hello on the pathway to goodbye.” Dr Alan Wolfelt, Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition. Consider how you were […]

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November 23, 2016
by Deb Brandt-Buehler

Giving Thanks for the One Who Died

Our first Thanksgiving without Dad was undeniably a hard one. He died in September. Thanksgiving arrived while we were all still raw and numb with grief. It felt too hard […]

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November 19, 2016
by Jeff Spear

The Value of Sending a Card

One of the most frequently asked questions when someone dies is, “Is there anything I can do?” No one has ever come up with the single perfect phrase to help […]

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Thank you everyone for all the help and kindness you have shown me and my family!  May God bless you all!

— L.E.

Your gift of planting a tree is such a wonderful idea!  I am so grateful and so is the rest of the family!

— L.E.

You were always there for us, lending support, offering suggestions, and yet being unobtrusive. With appreciation to the Spear family — and their ‘crew’.

— C.M.