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Joan Niehoff

Joan D. Niehoff, age 84, of Quincy, died on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 10:57 a.m. surrounded by family.

Joan Niehoff | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, ILShe was born January 19, 1933 in Quincy, Illinois the daughter of George and Dorothy Rosenkoetter Davis. On December 25, 1952 she married Thelbert Niehoff Quincy, Illinois. He preceded her in death on July 19, 2001.

Joan was a 1951 graduate of Quincy High School. Joan was very involved in her children’s schooling, and she was extremely active in the PTA. Joan was also a creative and engaged mother, and her children and grandchildren will always remember the Summer time plays and productions she would put on with them for friends and neighbors. After raising her children, she went to work at J.C. Penney in the catalog department. After a while, she and her husband bought and operated the Montgomery Ward Catalog Agency in Quincy. Joan was excellent at sewing and she raised money at church fundraisers by making and selling aprons and pillow cases, as well as other items. Joan was also a virtual encyclopedia of songs and lyrics. She could sing a song for just about any topic, and she was fond of saying, “There is a song for everything!” In her spare time, Joan enjoyed reading. She was an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ.

Survivors include six children: Thomas (Linda) Niehoff of Quincy; Cynthia (Joseph) Helmer of Quincy; Martha (Jeff) Burns of Quincy; Timothy (Peggy) Niehoff of Mims, FL; Laura (Steve) Nothold of Quincy; and Robert (Robin) Niehoff of Rural Retreat, VA; 13 grandchildren: Tammy (Jeff) Hoschar of Quincy; Cassy Roth of Quincy; Jessica (Alex) Rosenkranz of Quincy; Matthew (Clare) Helmer of Palo Alto, CA; Ginny Helmer of Quincy; Michael (Cassandra) Burns of Warrenburg, MO; Adam (Dawn) Niehoff of Port St. John, FL; Dr. April (Jason) Rife of Palm Bay, FL; Austin Niehoff of Ft. Meyers, FL; Aaron Niehoff of Mims, FL; Angie (Ross) Altenhein of Quincy; Dr. Erik Nothold of Quincy; and Blake (fiancee, Tayler Duerr) Nothold of Quincy; 14 great grandchildren: Dylan and Hunter Hoschar; Bria and Jared Gardner; Riley Roth; Calvin Helmer; James Rosenkranz; Amber Santoso; Jasper and Carter Niehoff; Jake, Evan, and Luke Rife; and Colt Altenhein; a brother, Dan Davis of Charleston, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two grandsons: James Burns and Tyler Hoschar; her parents; a brother, James Davis; two half brothers, George and Wilbur Davis; and four half sisters: Virginia Grawe, Anne Hagerbaumer, Beryl Armistead, and Bessie Rittler..

Services: 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017 in Trinity United Church of Christ with the Rev. Timothy A. White officiating.

Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home and 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Trinity United Church of Christ.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery

Memorials: Trinity United Church of Christ.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

  1. So sorry to hear of the passing of your. Mother . Prayers to you and your family . Jack &. Maggie Roth

  2. To the family of Joan,
    You have our Deepest Sympathy. She was a very lovely lady. Very talented. I always enjoyed visiting with her. You are in our prayers.

    God Bless,
    Don and Wanda O’Hara

  3. Laura and Steve and all of the family, Brian and I are so very sorry for your loss. I hope you find some strength in the fact that you have so many family members and friends that are praying for you and hope you find comfort knowing she is no longer suffering. Love you

  4. Laura, Steve and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Joan will certainly be missed. Justin has fond memories of visiting at her house when he was young. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you during this difficult time.
    All Our Love,
    Tracy, Jeff, Justin & Katie Grott

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of taking care of Joan in the hospital. She was definitely one woman that I will never forget! Such a beautiful soul! My condolences to the family. They will be in my prayers!

  6. Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She is singing with the angels now! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of grieving. Kathy (Voots) Highberger

  7. Laura, Steve and family…I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you say so long to your mother. Sending love and a big hug.

  8. We are so sorry to learn of Aunt Joan’s passing and send our condolences. She is such a wonderful part of my childhood memories. She always allowed me to “move in” every summer so I could be with my cousins. No one could make a chocolate milk shake as well as she could. I am so blessed to have had her love, time and laughter in my life. She will be greatly missed. Our love to you all. Patty & Patrick Flynn, and Matthew Milford

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