History of Thompson Funeral Home
Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services has been privately owned since 1993. The original owner of Schriver Funeral Chapel, Bill Schriver, sold the funeral home to Matt Thompson in 2013. We changed the name to Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services to reflect our commitment to serve both traditional and cremation families. Finally, in October of 2018 Matt changed the name of the family business to Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services. Over the years our staff has grown to include Joelle Lesny, General Manager, Mary Thompson, part-time secretary, as well as Layne McRoberts, Directors Assistant.. Together, we are all are committed to making sure that every family we serve at Thompson Funeral Home has everything they need to ensure the perfect funeral/celebration of life.
Matt has served as a funeral director in the Eau Claire area since 2002, working for two area funeral homes. In 2010, he founded Chippewa Valley Cremation Services, a regional funeral & cremation service provider. In the fall of 2018, he opened the Celebration of Life Center in Altoona. The Celebration of Life Center is a licensed funeral home offering all services that a funeral home offers, just in what many would consider to be a more modern atmosphere.
Matt's heart has been in funeral service since he graduated from college. He attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in suburban Chicago and also has a B.S. in Business Administration from North Dakota State University at Fargo.
Matt has been a two-time president of the Eau Claire Noon Lions Club, past active ambassador for the Eau Claire Area of Commerce, and is also a member of St. Olaf Catholic Parish in Eau Claire. Most recently he has volunteered for Bloomer Junior Achievement at Bloomer Elementry School.
Our Caring Team
Joelle was born and raised in Bloomer. 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 Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in 2013 and served a 3-year funeral director aspprenticeship. In 2016 she assumed the role of office manager at Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services. Joelle is member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Bloomer where she teaches first grade CCD. She also volunteers for Bloomer Junior Achievement. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son and family.
Matt has been a resident of the Chippewa Valley since 2002. Matt worked for two Eau Claire area funeral homes for several years until he founded Chippewa Valley Cremation Services, an Altoona based funeral home that caters primarily to people/families seeking simpler cremation options. In 2013, Matt purchased Schriver Funeral Chapel from Bill Schriver and later renamed the business Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services to reflect not only the change of ownership, but also the fact the funeral home is still 100% family owned and operated. Matt is a progressive funeral director that believes families should have a multitude of choices when they are in need of funeral and/or cremation services.
Matt wants the Bloomer community to know we are here for you at anytime. Whether you have lost a loved one and are in need of our professional services, or whether a church or organization you support is looking for a donation - We are here to help. We would not be in business without the great, caring people in our community. So please call or stop by or give us a call if we can be of any assistance. We are most grateful for the generations of families that have chosen to use our funeral home. Please know we will always be here for you and the community.
Dan joined our team in October of 2019. He and his family recently relocated to Chippewa Falls. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2011 and has served as a Funeral Director in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois and later for several years in Medford, Wisconsin. Dan served in the United States Air Force and maintained the C-130 Hercules Cargo Aircraft and was part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Dan is married to his wife, Ali Layhew, who is a Operating Room Nurse at Oakleaf Surgical Hospital in Altoona. They have one beautiful daughter, Eira Kay. They attend Jacob’s Well Church.In his spare time, Dan enjoys camping with his family, golfing, boating and snowmobiling. He is an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He is a member of Rotary International and is an Ambassador with the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce. "As a funeral director, I strive to provide the best possible service through remembrance and tribute to lives well lived. Being able to achieve a meaningful funeral experience for each family requires careful listening and attention to detail, as well as an understanding of each family's needs. I am honored to serve the families of the Chippewa Valley through funeral service, death care education and other community activities."
Chief Caring Officer
Frankie 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.