Caroline (Kari) R. Willis
March 3, 2021
Caroline (Kari) R. Willis, 76, of Ontario, WI, passed away unexpectedly in Barron Wisconsin, on the afternoon of February 23, 2021.
Kari was born August 9, 1944 to Keith and Beatrice (Sheldon) Calhoon. Loving the area, she spent almost her entire life in Ontario. Once married and after having her two sons, she moved to Janesville, WI where she had her 1st daughter. After a couple years Ontario called them back. She returned to Ontario and became one of the owners of the Diamond View Bar (currently the Wildcat Inn). She also worked as a seamstress for Mecca Sportswear. Kari then had her 2nd daughter. After going their separate ways, and the selling of the bar, Kari worked many jobs. She was a bartender at Sullivan's Log Cabin, a waitress at the Kickapoo Paddle Inn, a clerk at Drifty's Fast-trip, and a seamstress at Ho Chunk, just to name a few. Another marriage extended her family inheriting 4 bonus daughters and 1 bonus son. Even after another separation, the extended family stayed close to her heart.
Her family and friends meant everything to her, and she cherished the time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and so many others. Kari loved taking her father for car rides. She enjoyed her Saturday breakfast with her church family and on Sundays listening to her favorite Pastor, Bob Streeter.
She is survived by her children: Tim Willis of Sparta, WI; Ron (Tammy) Willis of Cashton, WI; Nikki (Wayne) Slaney of Chetek WI. Her bonus children: Debbie (Jim) Miller of Sparta, WI; Jonie (Harry) Curtis of Ontario, WI; Kim (Tim) Parker of LaFarge, WI; Kristi (Randy) Muehlenkamp of Sparta, WI; Mavis Downing of Ontario, WI. One brother: Gene Calhoon of Ontario, WI; and two sisters: Kathy Downing of Ontario, WI; and Kay (Jim) Ziegler of Lewiston, MN. So many Grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, as well as her many grand fur babies.
She is preceded in death by her brother Daryl, her father Keith, her favorite fur baby Molly, her daughter Tami, her mother Beatrice, and her bonus-son Mike.
Funeral services will be held Saturday March 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Ontario. Pastor Bob Streeter will officiate. Burial will follow in the Billings Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral Home on the same Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services. The Torkelson Funeral Home in Ontario will be assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.