Denise A. Cali
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Schisler Funeral Home - Northampton
2119 Washington Ave
Northampton, PA 18067
Denise A. Cali, 65 of Northampton, PA, passed away suddenly on Friday, January 15, 2021, at her home. She was the daughter of the late Samuel Sam and Bernice (Peireda) Sam, of Allentown, PA. Denise was the wife of John N. Cali with whom she shared 35 years of marriage.

Denise was a graduate of Dieruff High School, Allentown who continued her education, earning a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Muhlenberg College, Allentown. She was Co-Owner with her husband John, J & J Luxury Transportation, Main Street Leasing, and Clint & Rachel Enterprises. Denise was a very active member in the transportation and travel business, she was involved with Eastern Travel Association and S.K.A.L. International Travel Association in which she was the acting treasurer, along with too many organizations to mention. Denise had a passion for life and she saw the good in everything. She had a unique personality and was a dynamic business woman. She was a generous, loyal and caring person who was a timeless crusader for the underdogs. She was always optimistic and had a strong sense of moral decency. She loved her family and she loved her dogs.

Surviving along with her husband John are; brother, George Sam and wife Rebecca of Allentown, PA, sister, Audrey Sam and companion James, nephew; Jason, nieces; Jaymi, Nicole, and Jody. Sister-in-laws; Jean wife of Allen Blanchard and Mary Joan Cali. Aunts and Uncles and her beloved dogs, Topper and Lilly.

Private services will be held at the Schisler Funeral Home, 2119 Washington Avenue, Northampton, PA. 18067.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to The Lehigh County Humane Society, 640 Dixon St., Allentown, PA. 18103. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.schislerfuneralhomes.com
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Published by Morning Call on Jan. 20, 2021.
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Dear Cali and Sam Families,

My sympathy and condolences on your loss.
Mario Moses
January 31, 2021
danielle reph
Friend
January 27, 2021
danielle reph
Friend
January 27, 2021
John, Audrey, George, and family,
My greatest heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all of you. I am still in total disbelief and my heart is heavy.
Denise,
This is how I will always remember you...
Your beautiful and infectious smile and laughter, and your giving of yourself to help so many women on many levels.
I’m so grateful that you reached out to me a few weeks ago and we got to chat. You were happy, healthy, and inspiring as usual. I guess we won’t be doing our dinner date in February and I’ll miss you and John cooking 7 course gourmet meals for me. You were always the Hostess of the Mostest!
While I was living in Palm Beach a female friend of mine called me in crisis in Allentown. I knew that you would drop what you were doing to get to my friend in crisis. I called you and you immediately rearranged your day and got to her within an hour.
You were a mover and a shaker LOL and went to great lengths to help women 24/7. The only way I can wrap my head and heart around this is that you got a VIP invite to the big, fabulous party in the sky and we’ll all see you there one day.
You were one of my greatest Earth Angels and I am forever grateful for you. I promise to kiss and slobber all over Topper and Lilly for you soon.
I know you’re soaring high in a better dimension. ☮
Love you always,
Danielle
Danielle Reph
Friend
January 27, 2021
Dear John and Sam Family,
I was so sad to hear of Denise’s passing. Knowing her for most of my life...she always lived life with such passion! You will always be in my memory, like a song I could never forget. Rest In Peace my friend.
My deepest sympathy,
Mona Ali Swales
Mona Ali Swales
Friend
January 27, 2021
Mr.Cali my deepest condolences to you and all families . My heart was extremely hurt by this loss. I guess ppl don't really cherish or let known of ppl that were or is a great influence in their lives till its late. I worked for Denise Sam Cali for some years and I will NEVER forget her. She was a teacher, motivater, kind, upfront, sassy, classy genuine woman. Always a fighter and stood up for what was right. She has taught me things in life that I live by and teach others. The world will never be the same without you . I guess God needed you more than you were needed here. RIH Denise. Dont forget to shine down here... I'll add a funny picture memory tomorrow of you beautiful
Kristia Torres
Coworker
January 26, 2021
Honoring Denise's memory and beautifully fierce spirit. Offering deepest condolences to all who mourn this great loss. Denise, we love you and we are heartbroken. We will miss you. We will remember you with laughter and preserve your legacy. Love, Aunt Anna, Brian, Dan, Stacey, Billy, Erik, Sage, Julia, Loralei, Drew, Jess, and Norah
Stacey Burch
Family
January 26, 2021
John & Family
My deepest sympathies on your loss. Denise was an amazing woman! God bless you all through this most difficult time.
Sheryl Hawk
Sheryl Hawk
Acquaintance
January 25, 2021
I had the pleasure of getting to know Denise through her visits to Valley Central with her beloved furry friends. She was always pleasant, funny and smiling. It was apparent how devoted she was to her dogs and what a huge role they played in her (and John's) lives.
Denise was also a generous supporter of the PA Perimeter Ride Against Cancer, donating posh bus transportation for cyclists to be transported to their destinations. Her generosity will not be forgotten.
Rest in Peace, Denise.

Kristine Rigler
January 23, 2021
Denise was a caring, kind & generous person who will be missed by all of those who knew her.
Sharon Cohen
January 22, 2021
Dear John, Cali, and the J&J Family,

Condolences on the loss of an inspirational person who was admired by so many. Denise always had a kind word or offer of support.

She quietly, but generously, contributed to the D.H.S. students with recognition for their achievements. For many years, Denise played in the chamber golf league where everyone appreciated her company.

Denise had many accomplishments but, most importantly, had fun every day. She should be congratulated on a great life.

Our thoughts and prayers for your loss.
The Dodd Family
Friend
January 22, 2021
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts ache for you and with you at this most difficult time. May God bless you and comfort you.
Love,
The Azar family
Esther Azar
January 22, 2021
Great time with Denise and John Cali and the gang at The Lakeside.
Bill Bakos
Friend
January 21, 2021
Great time with everyone at The Lakeside.
Bill Bakos
Friend
January 21, 2021
Denise was such a fun, living life to the fullest person and so caring. We are so shocked and sad for her passing. We wish John and the family our deepest condolences. John and Denise brought so much joy to us and those they knew.
Bill Bakos
Friend
January 21, 2021
Denise was such a wonderful person and I am so proud to get to know her and John being a J+J Driver. My late cousin Josephine shared memories of bowling with her at the Allentown Italian Club.
My Heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the Cali and Sam Families
Joseph H Taglioli
Coworker
January 21, 2021
John we are so sorry to hear about Denise. She was a wonderful lady. So glad she was there for our 25 anniversary. We were so happy you both shared it with us. Our heartful sympathy to you❤❤
Richard & Constance Kimble
Friend
January 21, 2021
Condolences to the entire family for your loss, I knew Denise years ago from Sunday School at St. George's Church, and then at H.M. JHS and L.E.D. HS. May your memories of her warm your heart and may her memory be eternal!
JoAnne (Talaber) Zairo
Classmate
January 20, 2021
John,
So sorry to hear of Denise's passing. She was an amazing and empowered woman who loved life. So happy to have known her. She truly will be missed by friends and the Allentown Community. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Elena and Joe Pascal
Elena Pascal
Acquaintance
January 20, 2021
My husband David Goldstein was an employee of J & J. He passed away a few years ago. Please accept my condolences. I am so sorry for your loss. RIP
Candace Hopkins
Acquaintance
January 20, 2021
My sincere condolences to Denise’s family, You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you and comfort during this time of sorrow.
Linda Joseph Bendekovits
Friend
January 20, 2021
John and Denise are the best of friends and my family is very sad about losing Denise. We had many adventures together which we will cherish forever. The world could not have asked for a better person than Denise, always giving and just fun to be around. We will miss her badly. John is a best friend of mine and we are sad for his loss.
Charlie Mest
Friend
January 20, 2021
So sorry for your loss and your sister, Audrey. We now each other forever. Thinking of the whole family.

Denise(Mitch) Kocher
Denise Kocher
Friend
January 20, 2021
John, I am so saddened to hear of Denise's passing. Please know my sister and I am families will keep you and family in our prayers and thoughts. You and Denise were very close friends with my brother Kenny. He always spoke highly of you and Denise. Stay strong John.
Thomas Huber
Friend
January 20, 2021
Wishing you all peace and blessings during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.
Samantha and Matt Germano
Acquaintance
January 20, 2021
Always kind, smiling and loving. I will remember Denise. Deepest sympathies to Geezg and the rest of the family.
Denise (Conlin) Lichty
Denise Lichty
Friend
January 20, 2021
So sorry for your loss John. You both were great bosses when I worked for you at J&J all those years ago. God bless.
Steve Cebenko
Friend
January 20, 2021
I extend my sincerest condolences to Denise's entire family. I came to know Denise in my travel agent days at Lehigh Travel, long ago. She was a wonderful and amazingly dedicated to her business. We always planned to have lunch - although, our lives were always just too busy. May the memories you shared with her, bring you comfort in the days ahead. May she rest in eternal peace.
Fiorella R. Mirabito, Mayor - Borough of Bath
Friend
January 20, 2021
I am so sad to hear about Denise's passing. She was a kind and generous woman who lived life well.

My fondest memory of her is when she invited me for lunch one weekday afternoon. I thought we'd met up somewhere, enjoy our meal and get on with our day. Little did I suspect that she would pick me up at my office in a stretch limousine and take me along for the ride as she broke in a new driver! We would up in the parking lot of the Promenade Shop where she put the driver thru his paces.

Best lunch date ever!

I'll miss you Denise

Ruth VanWhy
Ruth VanWhy
Friend
January 20, 2021
Words can't say enough. I am so lost for words of the passing of my boss, my friends. I have been with J&J for 7 years. And Denise and John are like family to me. She has always been there for me in many ways. Always glad to help. I will so miss her smile and happiness at the office. And also when i have to bring things to her when she was home. I will miss her calling me (SEANY BABY) when she would see me in office. The J&J family has lost some great. There is a reason she is gone now and thats because our God needs her wonderful and great work upstairs now. RIP Denise! My god bless John and the rest of the family.
Sean Marrero
Coworker
January 20, 2021
Denise was a special person. Very caring and thoughtful to everyone she met and knew. And a pleasure to golf with as well. As our new Treasurer of Skal NEPA she was enthusiastic and looking forward to bringing in new members. She was a dear friend and business associate making J & J Luxury Transportation the absolute best Limousine company in the Lehigh Valley. God Bless John and her family. We will miss you Denise.
Gordon Reese
Friend
January 20, 2021
Although I haven't seen her since we were young , we had a lot of fun in those carefree days of our youth. Her bravery and positive attitude must have been fueled by a great Love, Mr. Cali. Although I do not know you personally, I hope you can believe she is now gracing Heaven , along with her loving Parents, in a Peace and Beauty that we cannot even IMAGINE.
I am so sorry for the tremendous loss of your irreplaceable Wife.
Sue Roth [email protected]
Sue Roth
Friend
January 20, 2021
John & Family,
Our sincerest condolences on the passing of Denise. May the sympathies you receive from family and friends ease your sorrow and the many wonderful memories you have to share bring you peace and comfort in days ahead. Denise had a great love for life and she will be missed by many. God Bless.
Gary & Liz Mann
Friend
January 20, 2021
Denise had a big warm heart and a contagious smile. Her passing reminds us that only the good die young. She will be so very missed.
Judy Kale
Friend
Judy Kale
Friend
January 20, 2021
To all our family, you have my deepest condolences. I'm still shocked at seeing Denise's obituary. There's no way in a million years that I would guess that God would call her home, but He did. Denise was always vibrant, even when she was small. I've seen her grow up all these years and never would have guessed that she'd leave us so soon. We were blessed to have in our midst, as with the rest of our family. We were the family we've had by God, and I'm thankful for it. Denise was part of that large picture, and so are the rest of us. God bless us all.
George Charles Jr
Family
January 20, 2021
Sincere condolences to the Cali/Sam family. I have know Denise for over 30 years thru our business relationship and friendship. She was a lovely , classy lady. She offered me great support and encouragement thru hard times. I was so looking forward to continuing and taking our relationship to a new level. She will be missed by many.
Mandy Cicero/Mazzarella
Friend
January 20, 2021
John and the Cali and Sam families,

We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Denise. She was cherished by her family and friends for her wonderful personality and her tremendous strength.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

May she Rest In Peace.
Scott & Linda Mitchell
Friend
January 20, 2021
My Deepest Sympathies and Condolences to Gig and his family. Denise was a good woman with a big heart. I'm so sad to see this. Allah Yerhameh.
Stevie Constantine
Friend
January 20, 2021
Sam/Cali Families:

The Dieruff High School Alumni Association offers our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Denise. May memories comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Denise was a proud supporter of Dieruff High School and its initiatives.

We have posted an announcement on our alumni website to notify your fellow classmates (DHS '78, DHS '73, DHS '75) of her passing.

In sympathy and in friendship.

Dieruff Alumni Association
Board of Directors
www.dieruff-alumni.org
Kay Kurtz - Board President
Classmate
January 20, 2021
To the Cali/Sam family: I have known Denise for more than 50 years. She was such a good person and friend! I was saddened to hear about her sudden passing. So young and gone too soon. Love and prayers go out to your family at this very difficult time.
Sandra DiLeo
Friend
January 20, 2021
I am going to miss you so much. You were so full of life. Taken way to soon. You set the bar high in the transportation industry and were the best of the best. It was a pleasure working with you for so many years. I am proud to call you my friend. Rest In Peace. ❤
Michelle Quier
Friend
January 20, 2021
I didn't personally know Denise but I remember the terrible attack she was fortunate to have survived years before. She was a beautiful and brave woman. So sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences and sympathies to the family.
Sandra Lee
Acquaintance
January 20, 2021
George, my old friend, I did not know your sister (being nine years older than her) irregardless, I am very sorry for your loss. John, so sorry for the death of your wife.
Roger Zarzycki
January 20, 2021