In loving memory of

Sandra K. Brinkman
January 15, 1956 - March 18, 2021

Sandra K. "Sandy" Brinkman, age 65, of Quincy, died on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 4:13 a.m. in her home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Sandy was born on January 15, 1956 in Quincy, Illinois the daughter of Russell B. and Rita M. Rossmiller Terstriep. She married Randal J. Brinkman on September 6, 1975 in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on July 7, 2019.

Sandy was a 1974 graduate of Payson Seymour High School. She was employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield for over 20 years as a customer service associate. She was a long time member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Sandy loved spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren's sporting events to cheer them on. She enjoyed many shopping trips with her Rossmiller cousins.

Sandy enjoyed crocheting, camping and planting flowers in the spring and summer. She was a great cook and was especially known for her noodles.

Sandy is survived by her three children, Kimberly Sparks of Payson, IL, Craig (Nikki) Brinkman of Maywood, MO, and Amy Brinkman of Chatham, IL; her mother, Rita Terstriep of rural Payson, IL; five grandchildren, Logan, Devin, and Nolan Sparks, all of Payson, Emma Brinkman of Maywood, MO, and Milania Jones of Chatham, IL; a brother, Steve (Julie) Terstriep, of Industry, IL; a sister, Janice (Kevin) Schuckman, of Quincy; sister-in-law Lori Terstriep, of Payson, IL; father and mother-in-law, Leroy and Virginia Brinkman, of Payson, IL; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law on the Brinkman side of the family; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Sandy was preceded in death by her father, Russell Terstriep, a brother Edward Terstriep, and several aunts and uncles.

Sandy's family would like to extend special thanks to the Quincy Medical Group Cancer Team, especially Dr. Ali, who Sandy thought very highly of, to the nurses and staff of Blessing Hospice, and all the family and friends who helped and supported Sandy throughout her journey.

Services: 9:15 am prayer service on Monday, March 22, 2021 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home followed by a 10:00 am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, with Father Tom Donovan officiating.

Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Memorials: Blessing Foundation for Hospice or the Quincy Medical Group Cancer Center. Memorial donations may be made online at

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


Carla Stainbrook wrote on Mar 25, 2021:

"Sandy was the warmest person I've ever worked with. You instantly loved her. My condolences to the family, friends and previous coworkers who lost such a beautiful person "

Jessica Russell wrote on Mar 23, 2021:

"Sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. I worked with her and she was always kind and sweet. ?"

Gail Dingerson wrote on Mar 21, 2021:

"Sending sympathy and prayers to Sandy's family. I am very sorry for your loss."

Marie Clapp wrote on Mar 20, 2021:

"Janice, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My love and prayers for your family. "

Larry & Pat( Slothouber) Veile wrote on Mar 20, 2021:

"Sandy was such a kind spirit and loved her family with all her heart. She will be missed . May God comfort all of you in her loss."

Jeanie Shumate wrote on Mar 20, 2021:

"I worked with Sandy at BCBS for several years...She was a wonderful Woman and Friend...we caught up with each other several times in the halls of the QDC..She will be greatly missed.."

Nora wrote on Mar 19, 2021:

"I am so sorry for your loss. I met Sandy when I worked with her at BCBS. She was always kind and she made the best cheese cake the crust was the best and she would always tell me when she was making it and tell me she would try to save me a slice. I remember our talks on lynch outside in the sun when both our mates where sick. She was an inspiration ."

Breezy wrote on Mar 19, 2021:

"Sandy was the most beautiful woman I got the pleasure to know. I worked with her at Blue Cross. I got the pleasure of meeting her family before her husband passed by doing a photo shoot for them. Sandy was a very kind and thoughtful woman and loved her family and friends dearly. I will miss you my friend. "

Donna Hankins Marshall wrote on Mar 18, 2021:

"I haven?t seen Sandy since she was in grade school. We used to be neighbors. Prayers for her family "

Roger and Tammy Hanlin wrote on Mar 18, 2021:

"Sandy was a most wonderful lady, she loved her family most of all...prayers.... "

Debbie Harshman wrote on Mar 18, 2021:

"I have many cherished memories of Sandy. She was a very special person. So sorry for your loss. Heaven has another angel Debbie Harshman "

Victoria Starman wrote on Mar 18, 2021:

"Sandy was as much my friend as she was my work mom. She was truly one-of-a-kind. There are many memories, most include food, whether it was our mutual love for lemon cookies/cakes, Js bacon cheeseburgers, ?harolds? from the gas station on State St, or her always knowing what the special of the day was at Culver?s. My favorite though was sitting with her in her kitchen eating a cake I won from a Krazy Cakes post, I hadn?t seen her in months because she?d been unwell from starting treatment and finally catching up felt like a dream... The year she lost Randy, each of us in our unit also experienced personal losses. It didn?t matter how bad or sad Sandy felt, she always had an open heart, ear, and hug for someone else who needed to get their pains off their chest. Her bright smile, the hair scrunching she would do after a new hair cut, her laugh, love, grit, determination, and even her groan when she was disappointed are all things I will cherish. I am truly sorry for your loss."

Misty Dowling wrote on Mar 18, 2021:

"I met Sandy at BCBS. She was a kind, beautiful person. I'm so sorry for your loss. "