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.
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.
Our Valued Staff
Michael Joseph Calliari, Funeral Director/Co-Owner
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.
Christopher Michael Chvilicek, Funeral Director/Co-Owner
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 one daughter.
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.
Loralei A. Marr, Funeral Director
Colleen Vice, 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.
Pam Hargrove, Secretary
Dennis Valentini, Chief Financial Officer/Co-Owner
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 Jennifer Valentini.