Continuing the Tradition
The Wilson Funeral Home was founded in 1946 by Robert G. Wilson at
its original location, 1139 Blaine Ave. Over the years, the Wilson
Funeral Home has been locally owned and family managed through two
generations of families, Robert G. Wilson Sr. and his son, Robert
G. Wilson Jr. and Edward L Tomczak and his son, Neil L. Tomczak. In
1999, Neil opened the current location at 1212 Lathrop Ave. In
November 2009, the business was purchased by Michael Calliari and
Christopher Chvilicek who have almost 30 years of combined
experience as funeral directors at Wilson Funeral Home.
|| Meet our Staff
Michael is a licensed funeral director and co-owner who
has been in funeral service since the mid-1990s. He became inspired
to become a licensed funeral director and help others after the
death of his mother after a long illness due to cancer. With his
experience he can understand what families may go through when
dealing with the loss of a loved one through illness.
Michael was raised in Racine's south side is a Case High
School graduate of 1990. He then went on to graduate from Milwaukee
Area Technical College with an Associate in Applied Science -
Funeral Service and has been with Wilson Funeral Home for most of
his career. He is proud to be one of the owners because it
allows him to guide families in their time need. He is married to
Penny and has three sons and one daughter.
Chris has been a licensed funeral director with Wilson Funeral
Home for 15 years. He is a native of Racine's north side and was a
Horlick High School graduate. He is married and has two sons, and
Chris is a graduate of U.W. Platteville with Bachelors degrees
in Biology and Psychology. He then went on to earn his Associate of
Applied Science - Funeral Service where he graduated as
valedictorian of his class.
Wilson Family Services and Advance Planning Counselor
Colleen Vice joined the Wilson Funeral Home team in 2011 as the
Wilson Family Services and Advance Planning counselor. Colleen's
compassionate and positive attitude has translated into a career of
helping families and individuals through the planning and funeral
process. Colleen is a licensed Advance Planning Counselor
representing FDLIC (Funeral Director's Life Insurance Company) and
as such, she can assist families and individuals pre-plan funeral
needs during times time that are both convenient and consistent
with family needs and priorities.
As the Wilson Family Services Counselor, Colleen works with
families throughout the funeral process. Colleen's experience and
expertise in Advance Planning includes an understanding of Title 19
regulations and other financial processes such as the advantages of
pre-funding and guaranteeing services.
Finally, Colleen is an experienced Funeral Celebrant and can
provide families with personalized memorial or funeral services
based on the family's needs and wishes. In this regard, she also
works with families long after the service by providing aftercare
information about the grief process in a personalized setting.
Chief Finacial Officer
In keeping things within the "family," Dennis is the
father-in-law of Funeral Director/Owner, Michael Calliari.
Dennis is also a part owner and works as CFO for Wilson Funeral
Home, handling all of the financial aspects of the business. He is
currently the President/Owner of a window distribution company in
Lake Bluff, Illinois which has been in business for over 35
years. Dennis has been happily married to Kathy for over 42
years and they have two daughters, Penny (Valentini) Calliari, and