Obituary of James Calista
Calista, James V.
On January 11, 2018, James Calista, of Mays Landing, NJ and previously from Cherry Hill, NJ, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family at Samaritan Hospice in Voorhees, NJ. He was 85 years young. Jim was born in West Chester, PA and was a graduate of St. Agnes High School, Class of ‘49, where he was class president and valedictorian. Jim served in the Korean War as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart for his service as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division. After returning home, he received his degree from RIT. Jim worked for W.B. Saunders medical book publishing company as the Cherry Hill printing plant manager for 30 years. He was an active member of the Philadelphia Book Club and past-president of the Philadelphia Craftsman’s Club. Later in his career, Jim managed the in-house printing department for The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. A dedicated coach for youth athletics in Cherry Hill, he was instrumental in starting the St. Pius X basketball league. As an avid Philadelphia sports fan, he had a lifelong passion for running and fitness and could be found at his health club working out several times a week until recently. His happiest days were spent at the Jersey shore with his grandchildren.
Jim was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Martha (nee Vossler), his parents Guiseppe and Carmela Calista, and sisters Mary Tavani and Josephine Riccardo of West Chester, PA. He will be remembered fondly by his five children Cynthia Dolan (Kevin), Karen Ottino (John), Joan Kelly (Mike), Kathryn Calista (Robby) and Jim Calista (Sandra), his 14 grandchildren, and his companion Geri Kaier.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Wednesday evening 6:00PM-8:00PM at the COSTANTINO FUNERAL HOME, 231 W. WHITE HORSE PIKE BERLIN, NJ 08009. Viewing Thursday morning 10:30AM-11:30AM St Agnes RC Church 233 W. Gay St. West Chester, PA 19380. Funeral Mass 11:30AM. Cremation and interment will take place privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the American Cancer Society 1851 Old Cuthbert Rd. Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 would be appreciated. For additional information or to email lasting condolences;Costantinofh.com