History of Chippewa Valley Cremation Services

Matt Thompson, Funeral Director, Eau Claire Funeral Home and Cremation Chippewa Valley Cremation Services was founded in 2010 by Matt Thompson, a long time Wisconsin native and Eau Claire resident. Matt worked as a funeral director in the area for eight years serving families in the Chippewa Valley. One commonality he saw time after time was family members not only shocked at how much it cost to have their loved one buried or cremated, but also that many simply could not afford to pay for what should be an affordable event. Matt opened Chippewa Valley Cremation Services to provide people in the area with truly affordable funeral service options.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is a fully licensed funeral home (as required in Wisconsin). Our concept is simple. We keep our overhead operating costs to a minimum to provide families we serve with the best possible prices in the area. We provide the families we serve with only the services they want and need. We do not have high overhead charges like many funeral homes. There are NO MEMBERSHIP FEES at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services.  We feature an on-site state-of-the-art crematory suite.

To keep our operating expenses low, we do not have an on-site funeral chapel for public visitations or services at our Altoona location. Since many of the families we serve belong to a church, we use your church for all visitation and funeral ceremonies to keep your funeral costs as low as possible. For those that either do not have a church home or choose not to use their church, we partner with area banquet centers and hotels in/around the Eau Claire area to facilitate funeral services, memorial services, and celebrations of life either during the day, evening, or weekends.  For the families we serve to the north of the Eau Claire area, we are also please to offer the use of Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer.

In May of 2013, Matt aquired Schriver Funeral Chapel in Bloomer, now known as Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services.  In 2015, due to many requests, we added Chippewa Valley Cremation Services to the Bloomer location.  We are now able to offer all the services of a full-service funeral home to all of our families.  For those families seeking a traditional funeral service, visitation or tribute service or even a fully catered lunch, we are now able to offer all of those services at our Bloomer location.  The best part is, you will only pay for the services you chose.  We guarantee you WILL pay much less with us over any other funeral home in the area.   You can visit the funeral home online at www.thompsonfuneralhome.com.

Joelle Lesny, Eau Claire Funeral and Cremation Services


Joelle Lesny - Office Manager  was born and raised in Bloomer, WI. She attended St. Paul’s Catholic School, and graduated from Bloomer High School. She previously worked at the Mayo Clinic Health System - The Maplewood Nursing Home (Now Dove Healthcare) as a CNA for the elderly. She joined the caring team at Chippewa Valley Cremation Servicess & Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home in 2013. Prior to becoming the office manager, Joelle completed her funeral directors apprenticeship at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services.  Joelle not only runs both of our offices, but she is well versed in the entire funeral & cremation process since she completed the apprenticeship program in 2016.

Mary Thompson, Eau Claire Funeral and Cremation Services


Mary Thompson - Directors Assistant was a long time resident of La Crosse, WI, unitl moving to Eau Claire in 2017. She worked as a full time liturgist in La Crosse at St. Rose Convent until her retirement in March of 2017. Mary has been a church musician and liturgist throughout her professional life. She is a graduate of Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI and Notre Dame University in Indiana.

Mary has experienced working and caring for individuals and families in planning tasteful and memorable life celebrations, including funerals, for over 40 years. She is proud to be a part of Chippewa Valley Cremation Services and believes in affordable and caring end of life choices for individuals and families. 

Frankie Thompson, Eau Claire Funeral and Cremation Services


Frankie Thompson - Chief Caring Officer joined our team during the spring of 2018. He was born in rural Chippewa County and has been raised by Matt Thompson and his family since the age of eight weeks. Frankie is a graduate of Neuman’s K-9 Academy where he was a student in their advanced boot camp training. You can generally find him at either our Bloomer or Altoona locations eager to meet new friends that come through the doors. Frankie is currently working toward becoming a certified therapy dog (as recognized by the American Kennel Club). In his spare time, you can find Frankie basking in the sunlight at home on the patio, playing with his toys, swimming in the lake, playing with his dog cousins Warren & Baxter or sprawled out sleeping in his dog bed.

Our Pledge To You...

Our commitment to those we serve is to always be the most affordable funeral service provider in the Chippewa Valley and surrounding counties. That is our pledge and we guarantee it. We strive to keep our overhead low and by doing that we will always be able to offer you the lowest and most affordable price on funeral and cremation services. We care about you and want to assist you and your family in creating a unique, meaningful and affordable celebration of life.

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