December 5, 2009

Two longtime employees buy Wilson Funeral Home

Two longtime employees of the Wilson Funeral Home, Michael J. Calliari and Christopher M. Chvilicek, have bought the business from Neil L. Tomczak and his wife, Mary.

Both Calliari and Chvilicek are licensed funeral directors with 15 years' experience with the Wilson Funeral Home, 1212 Lathrop Ave. They both earned their funeral service degrees from Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Michael is a native of Racine and graduated from Case High School. His mother’s four-year battle with cancer was a life-changing experience that made him acutely aware of the human and emotional needs in times of crisis. He is married to Penny and has two sons, Alex and Nicholas.

Christopher is a lifelong resident of Racine and graduated from Horlick High School. He has degrees in biology and psychology from UW–Platteville. Christopher and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Nolan and Aiden.

The Wilson Funeral Home was founded in 1946 by Robert G. Wilson at its original location, 1139 Blaine Ave. For 63 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.

Calliari and Chvilicek have partnered to continue the tradition of being locally owned and are committed to provide quality and personally dignified service.

The Wilson Funeral Home is a member of the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), an organization open only to family-owned funeral homes. OGR’s mission is to seek out dependable, ethical funeral homes in every community. The Wilson Funeral Home is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association.


  1. good luck guys, you guys are great.

  2. This is definitely a dead-end-job, but someone has to do it.

    These two guys are a couple of good stiffs, best of luck to you both!!

  3. I agree with Anon 4:35, this is quite the "undertaking" that Mr. Calliari and Mr. Chvilicek have taken.

  4. Congrats, guys! See you around... but not too often I hope!

  5. Death be with you.

  6. I hope this business is not dead in the water.

  7. The best to both of you in your career.