History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

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.

Our Valued Staff

Joseph F. Smith

Joseph F. Smith, Funeral Director

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. Smith

Patricia A. Smith

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.

Bif (Elizabeth) Quisenberry

Bif (Elizabeth) Quisenberry, Funeral Director

Bif graduated from the University of Minnesota, Mortuary Science program in 2013. She is a licensed funeral director in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Bif lives on a dairy farm in Plum City. She enjoys helping with animals on the farm, riding horses, and spending time with her family.

Richard Goodrich

Richard Goodrich, Funeral Director

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

AnnMarie E. Goodrich, Funeral Associate / Pre-need Consultant

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.

Daniel Duffenbach

Daniel Duffenbach, Funeral Director

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.

Tom Benning

Tom Benning, Funeral Assistant

Richard Brion

Richard Brion, Funeral Assistant

Dave Everson

Dave Everson, Funeral Assistant