Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our doors we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not just a funeral home. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Our Mondovi Funeral Home
Our funeral home in Mondovi started in the late 1800’s with Erickson Funeral Home and continued throughout the years to Erickson-Trowbridge, Ede, Colby-Hemer, Strand, Kjentvet & Son and is currently Kjentvet-Smith Funeral Home.
Our Eleva Funeral Home
Our funeral home in Eleva began around 1918 as Kjentvet Funeral Home. It then became Kjentvet-Son and is currently Kjentvet-Smith Funeral Home.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Joseph F. Smith
Funeral AssociateRead Bio
Joseph F. Smith, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1969 with a BA in science and then from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1970 as a funeral director. After graduation, he worked for Parrott and Wood Funeral Home in Waterloo, IA until he began his career at Kjentvet and Son Funeral Home in 1978. Joe has served families in western Wisconsin, particularly the Mondovi, Eleva, Strum and Gilmanton areas for over 30 years. He and his wife Pat, have owned and operated Kjentvet-Smith Funeral Home since January, 1993.
Patricia A. SmithRead Bio
Patricia A. Smith, attended the University of Northern Iowa for three years, graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Computer Science and later became a licensed insurance broker. Pat is a certified funeral consultant and insurance agent working with families to pre-arrange and pre-finance funerals at Kjentvet – Smith Funeral Home.
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
A lifelong resident of Durand, Richard is the fifth generation to serve families in the area. Richard graduated from the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science Program in 1985. He and his wife, Laurie have five children; Kayla, Ashley, Joshua, Jessica, Jennifer and three grandsons, Nathan, Camden and Hudson. Richard enjoys fishing, camping and spending time with his family.
AnnMarie E. Goodrich
Funeral Associate / Pre-need ConsultantRead Bio
Ann has been assisting at the funeral home for many years, joining the firm full time in 2008. She is a Wisconsin licensed pre-need Consultant. Ann was born in Eau Claire, WI and moved to Durand in 1982. She and her husband, Jeff have four children; Ryan, Amy, Jenna and Corey and two granddaughters, Laila and Quinn. Ann enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Funeral DirectorRead Bio
A life long resident of the Eau Claire-Chippewa Falls area, Daniel is a licensed funeral director who has been serving families for the past 35 years. Daniel is involved with several community organizations. Daniel is a Charter Member of the Chippewa County Grief Guidance Team, established in 1999. During his spare time Daniel enjoys hunting, fishing, and is a long distance runner. Daniel is married to Karolynne and they have four children and three grandchildren.
Sherry J. Paisley
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