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.

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.

Mary Thompson, Eau Claire Funeral and Cremation Services


Mary Thompson is a long time resident of La Crosse, WI. In addition to working as a full time liturgist in La Crosse, she is assisting at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services. 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, She has faithfully served and continues to minister in Church communities in Wisconsin.

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.


Joelle Lesny - Apprentice Funeral Director  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 Systems - The Maplewood Nursing Home as a CNA for the elderly. She joined the caring team at Chippewa Valley Cremation Servicess & Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home in 2013. Joelle is also studying & pursuing a career as a Funeral Director, doing her internship at the both funeral home locations.


Jerry Brovold - Grief Counselor & Directors Assistant - Jerry joined the staff of Chippewa Valley Cremation Services and Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home in 2016.  He is recently retired and is enjoying spending quality time with his wife Jeanie. 

Jerry was born in Chippewa Falls and attended Holy Ghost Catholic School.   Jerry received a PHD in Christian Counseling in 2008.  Even in retirement he puts his degree to use regularly.   In his free time Jerry enjoys spending time with his family and his dog & cats.

It is Jerry’s hope to assist the families we serve especially in their time of grief.  He is available to meet with the families or family members that feel they are having a difficult time with the loss of their loved one, or anyone feeling like they just need a friend to talk to. 

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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