Daniel Eckhoff Owner / President / Funeral Director
I am the Owner and President of the firm along with my wife Kelly. I am a native of Minnesota and a graduate of Windom Area High School. I completed my undergraduate work at Gustavus Adolphus College. While attending Worsham College of Mortuary Science I was employed with Robert J. Smith Funeral Homes in Chicago. After graduation from Worsham College, I became employed at Behrens Mortuary in Rapid City, South Dakota. I joined the Christy-Smith family for a year in 1997 and then returned to Rapid City to pursue a management position with Behrens Mortuary. After spending two years in the Black Hills, I returned to our firm in August of 2000 and purchased the business in 2012. I have one son and two daughters.
Kelly Eckhoff Co-Owner / Vice President / PreNeed Counselor
After marrying, Dan Eckhoff, the Owner and President of Christy Smith, I am now working with him in the funeral homes. Together we own and manage Christy-Smith Morningside, Berkmeier and Larkin Funeral Homes to keep it a family owned business here in the Siouxland area.
I am a licensed pre-planning counselor who is ready and able to handle any questions you may have about pre-planning your own services, a loved one's, or about a pre-plan you may already have.
Prior to joining Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, I worked for MCI Communications for over 20 years doing various sales, marketing and training for the corporation all over the country. When it closed I went back to school to get a degree in surgical technology and had the privilege of working intra-operatively for 6 years before going to UnityPoint Health and working in the marketing and contracts area for Siouxland PACE. I graduated from Sioux City's Bishop Heelan Catholic High School and have attended Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA, Briar Cliff University right here in Sioux City, and most recently Western Iowa Tech Community College for the AA in Surgical Technology.
I am happy to join my husband in the company and look forward to keeping it a solid cornerstone in the community for funeral service along with aftercare.
Brian D. Fritz Funeral Director, Marker/Stone Specialist
Brian D. Fritz grew up south of Humboldt, SD and graduated from West Central High School in Hartford, SD. He went on to graduate from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD and then from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science. During his time in the Twin Cities, Brian was employed at a Mortuary in St. Paul, MN.
Brian has been a licensed Funeral Director for 20 years, primarily in the Sioux Falls area. He was a partner within an employee owned funeral corporation and was the manager of a funeral home in Wyoming before returning to Sioux Falls.
Brian is a licensed Funeral Director in multiple states, and was also past District President of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association.
Dana Goodell Funeral Director
Dana Goodell joined Christy-Smith Funeral Homes on a semi-regular basis in the summer of 2016 He is a 1988 graduate of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and has served families in the Sioux City area since that time. In addition to being a great asset to our company, he is employed as the Sales and Education Director for a family owned funeral supply company. He has been married to his wife Lorna since 1979 and they have one son.
Dana has recently attended and presented at the Fountain National Academy International Embalming and Reconstructive Surgery Conference for Professional Embalmers and Funeral Directors held at the Fountain National Academy in Springfield, Missouri. The conference included many experts in the field of embalming and reconstructive surgery in the funeral industry from around the world. Attendees received more than 18 hours of specialized training in areas of embalming and reconstructive surgery.
Jessica Bennett Funeral Director Intern
I have grown up in Sioux City and graduated from East High School. I then attended Morningside College where I received a bachelor’s degree in Biology. I am currently enrolled in the Mortuary Science Program at DMACC. While taking online classes I am also gaining experience at Christy-Smith Funeral Home.
Angie Higgins Resource Center
Angie Higgins is a resident in Sioux City with her husband, Tim and 3 children. Before starting at Christy-Smith Family Resource Center, Angie owned a daycare for 21 years in her home. Angie enjoys being part of the Christy-Smith family
Melissa McKenna Administrative Assistant
Melissa McKenna moved to Sioux City in 2005. She has attended classes at USD in Vermillion, SD and Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, IA, focusing on business courses. She comes to Christy-Smith with an administrative and insurance background. She and her husband, Jon have a son and a daughter. Melissa enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is happy to have the opportunity to work with the Christy-Smith Funeral Home family.
Connie Doscher Office Assistant
Connie J. Doscher is a native of Lake Mills, Iowa, graduating from Lake Mills Community School. Connie also graduated from La' James School of Cosmotology in Mason City, Iowa in 1972. She owned a beauty salon in the Morningside area for 20 years before joining the Christy-Smith Funeral Homes in August of 2007. Connie has two children and two grandchildren.
Connie is the office assistant at the Christy-Smith Larkin Chapel.
John Kluver Funeral Attendant
Rich Ellison Funeral Attendant
John Yaneff Funeral Attendant
Peggy Reed Funeral Attendant
Nancy Quitt Funeral Attendant
Donna Roeschke Funeral Attendant
Carl Weil Funeral Attendant
Frank Ostrihonsky Funeral Attendant
Kathy Yoder Director of Healing Services
Kathy Yoder grew up on the edge of a small Midwestern town where birds on telephone wires gossip shamelessly, cornfields whisper secrets on the wind, and a summer's day isn't complete until you pick warm strawberries from your Grandmother's garden and make at least one mud pie.
This atmosphere encouraged Kathy's dreams of a life filled with words, doodles and, most importantly, faith. Kathy has been writing a weekly faith column for the Sioux City Journal for 12 years. The Religious Communicators Council awarded her the national Wilbur Award for her writing. She has also written for various periodicals and is the author of several books. Kathy writes from her every day experiences in a way that brings to light the faith struggles we all encounter and also the incredible joy that living a life of faith can bring.
Kathy is a full time chaplain for UnityPoint: St. Luke’s. She divides her time between the hospital and PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly). With a Master’s degree in English, art and mass communication, Kathy uses her various skills and talents to minister to others. She has written extensively about grief and the mourning journey. Having experienced many losses in her life, she writes and speaks from her own experiences as well as from research.
Kathy has worked with many people who are in the midst of a loss journey.
A former Children’s Ministry Director, Kathy’s church commissioned her for ministry when she became a chaplain. She is also a seminary student working on a master’s degree in divinity with emphasis in pastoral care and counseling.
Kathy’s husband, Dave, passed away in 2009 from cancer. They have one son, Ethan, who is a mortuary science student hoping to become a funeral director. In her spare time, Kathy loves to spend time with her family and friends. She’s also an avid reader. She once took a personality test which revealed that she is an interesting combination of an introvert who loves people.
“What an honor and a privilege to help others on their grief journey,” Kathy says. “Each journey is unique. Each person grieves in their own way. But there are some similarities in everyone’s journey. We are not alone. There is hope.”