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

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 J. Calliari

Michael J. Calliari, Funeral Director/Co-Owner

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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 of need. He has three sons and one daughter.

Christopher M. Chvilicek

Christopher M. Chvilicek, Funeral Director/Co-Owner

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Chris has been a licensed funeral director with Wilson Funeral Home since the year 2000. 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 Bachelor's Degree 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.

Colleen  Vice

Colleen Vice, Wilson Family Services and Advance Planning Counselor

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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.

Pamela J. Hargrove

Pamela J. Hargrove, Administrative Assistant

Pam was born and raised in Racine (West Racine). She still lives there today. Pam married her high school sweetheart, Giles. They have one child.
Pam started at Wilson Funeral Home in 2015. She brings with her experience and compassion from her many years working at Lincoln Lutheran and volunteering for hospice. Pam's motto is "If you can make a difference everyday in some small way, the day is worthwhile."

Kyle J. Grant

Kyle J. Grant, Funeral Director

Kyle was born and raised in the Racine/Mount Pleasant area and graduated from the R.E.A.L Charter School in 2014. He started working at the funeral home as an assistant in 2016. While working at the funeral home, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from UW-Parkside. After graduating from Parkside, he decided he wanted to stay with Wilson Funeral Home and became a funeral director. He earned his Associate of Applied Science - Funeral Service degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College. He graduated in 2021 as Salutatorian of his mortuary class. Kyle proudly serves in the Wisconsin Air National Guard out of Truax Field in Madison, WI. When Kyle is not at the funeral home, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, listening to music, playing the drums, and cheering on all Wisconsin sports, his favorite being the Green Bay Packers. You can contact Kyle at [email protected]

Dale Street

Dale Street, Funeral Assistant