Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Alva Jean Schuette

Alva “Jean” Schuette, age 84, of Quincy, died Monday, May 14, 2018, at 11:50 pm in Sunset Home.

Jean Schuette | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home ~ Quincy, IllinoisJean was born September 24, 1933 in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Wilbur and Hortense Stoermer Klues. She married Edmund “Ed” Schuette on October 27, 1951 in Quincy, Illinois. He preceded her in death on March 22, 2004.

She graduated from Quincy High School in 1951, and attended Gem City Business College. Jean started working at Gardner Denver and Quincy Supply. Later on she worked at Motorola for 16 years, until they closed the factory. Jean was a member of the Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ, where she and Ed were youth group leaders and member of the Couples Club.

Jean was a very tireless, dedicated fan of sports, especially basketball and football. She and Ed spent many summers taking athletes to games, and they followed the Blue Devils faithfully at home and away. They worked many soup suppers and was willing to help with anything that needed to be done. She was inducted into the Quincy Blue Devils Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003.

She liked working on her class reunion, but more importantly, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

Jean is survived by two daughters, Donetta Schuette and Cindy Gibbons, both of Quincy; two grandchildren, Stacey Cleesen, and Justin (Katie) Wells, all of Quincy; and three great-grandsons, Brice Waldrop, and Alex and Ethan Wells, all of Quincy.

In addition to her husband, Ed, Jean was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Carrie Cleesen.

Services: 10:00 am Friday, May 18, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Rev. Matthew Hunt officiating.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Thursday May 17, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Memorials: Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ or the QHS Blue Devil Hall of Fame


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. I always enjoyed my talks with Jean on the phone when she called me to check on my Mom, a fellow classmate of the girls of ’51”. She was one friendly loving gal. I will miss our talks.
    My sympathy to all her family. I know she will be really missed.
    Martha Burns

  2. To the family of Jean, you have our Deepest Sympathy. Enjoyed all the good times at and after the Blue Devils basketball games.

    Don and Wanda O’Hara

  3. Alva Jean and the Blue Devils were quite the combination. This past basketball season we missed her sitting on the sidelines and her smile and greetings as we climbed the bleachers. She was a true fan and will be missed by all of us who knew her. Please rest in peace dear friend.
    As ever,
    Dick & Pat Wentura

  4. i took care of Jean during her stay at Good Sam. When she saw me, she would say, Hey Lady. Beautiful woman! i will miss you Jean…..

  5. Jean & Ed we’re our special family. Always there to help with anything we and the team needed. Our hearts are heavy today but know she is with her dear Ed & Carrie.

  6. Jean’s contagious smile and her love for people will never be forgotten. She always made us feel so welcomed whenever we would see each other….whether it was one week or one year between visits. I will miss this lady. Condolences to her family.

  7. Jean was one of the nicest gals I ever met. She loved life, her family and the Blue Devils. And, she was a darn good cook. I always looked forward to after game parties at the Schuette’s home. I would never have started the Spaghetti Dinners at the Blue Devil basketball games if it had not been for Jean. She insured me that she would help and did she ever!!! As I think back over my fondest memories in Quincy, Jean & Ed Schuette will always be in them. Jean….you lived a good life.

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