Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Melissa Schanz

Melissa Schanz, age 53, of Quincy, was called home on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm in her home.

Melissa Schanz - Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisMelissa was born March 15, 1965 in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Donald Roy and Gwendellin Thompson Slater. She married Billy Schanz on November 4, 1989 in Hannibal, Missouri. He survives

Melissa was employed as a CNA at the Illinois Veteran’s Home for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, drinking beer, camping, go kart races, and boat races. Melissa always enjoyed listening to music and dancing.

In addition to her husband, Billy, she is survived by her daughter, Erin Cheney of Quincy; four sisters, Judy (Jim) Reid, Jennifer Hummel, Melinda (Pat) Cannon, and Michelle (Troy) Schafer; three brothers, Jim Sparrow, Ron (Sherry) Sparrow, and Gary Slater; eight grandchildren, Brittany Cheney, Erica, Dawn, Damon Jr. and Destany Hudson, Alissa Wagner, and Liam and Sarian Tate; four great-grandchildren, Alayna, Mason, Rayshaun, and Ayce; her mother-in-law, Sally Schanz; a brother-in-law, Richard (Sandy) Schanz; and a sister-in-law, Trish (Frank) Beovich.

Melissa was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Rodney Sparrow and Darin Slater in infancy, her father-in-law, John “Bill” Schanz, Jr., and a sister-in-law, Belinda Wingerter.

Services: 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Rev. Dennis Thomas officiating.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Tuesday November 6, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: Blessing Hospice or Grandview Church


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



  1. Such a wonderful lady!! I always enjoyed when she came in to get her hair done, we had a lot of heart to hearts down thru the years!! You will be missed❤️ Too young but God must have needed another angel! To her family-she loves you all and I’m sure will still be looking down and watching over you ❤️ God bless😊

  2. I always enjoyed working with Melissa, and socially. Her laughter, various comments, and smile was very contagious. Fly high ole friend.

  3. Judy and family— you are in my thoughts and prayers as we grieve for ourselves. Your sis is at peace.

  4. Melinda and family Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

  5. May the Lord recieve her with open arms and place his healing hands onto the family she has left behind. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  6. Very sorry for your loss.. praying that you all find peace. Understanding Death is something many will never find peace with. But god called her He must have needed a good angel.

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