Carol Callie, owner of Callie’s Candy Kitchen, dies at 80

Callie, 60, passes away three months after her husband, business partner.

A confectionery entrepreneur, Carol Callie and her husband Harry Del Callie purchased a candy store and luncheonette in Bangor, Pa. in 1952. It was eventually named Callie’s Candy Kitchen and, in 1972, opened in Mountainhome, Pa., a tiny town nestled in the Pocono Mountains. The couple launched Callie’s Pretzel Factory three miles away in 1985.

Carol died Thurs., Jan. 16 at 80 years old. 

Carol Callie, owner of Callies Candy Kitchen, dies at 80
Carol Callie

 “God blessed the world when he put Carol in it. She was one of the sweetest people I’d met.” writes Michelle Wolf in the Bolock Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. guest book. “Love and prayers to her family.”

Born May 2, 1933, Carol graduated from Bangor High School in 1951. In Feb. 1952 she married Harry. Her husband died just three months earlier, on October 24, 2013.

Carol is remembered as an active partner in many aspects of her confectionery businesses.

With an eye for decorating and a great sense of style, her handiwork remains present in the design and packaging at each store.

As a member of the Retail Confectioners International (RCI) Carol received numerous awards for her knack for presentation. In addition to serving on the RCI board, the organization became a source of lifelong friendships for her and Harry. Carol was also an active member of the Barrett Business Association for many years and enjoyed welcoming Santa to town every Christmas with the group.

An avid reader and lover of libraries, she also shared her interest in community involvement and design by serving on the board of directors at the Bangor Public Library and later the Barrett-Paradise Friendly Library.

In addition to raising money, helping to set policy and other typical board functions, Carol also hung wallpaper, aided in the renovations of the old library in Mountainhome and helped guide the design choices in the new library building in Cresco.

She loved to read stories, tell stories and write poetry. Perhaps her most well-known story is the children’s book she wrote, 300 Brooms, about a witch who loses her broom.

Carol was a gifted seamstress, self-taught carpenter, and Red Cross swimming instructor. For many years she loved to play tennis. She eventually shifted to playing with, and beating, her husband at golf.

Carol built enduring friendships with links from her childhood “gang” in Bangor, which remained important to her throughout her life.

 “What a wonderful lady, beautiful inside and out, always smiling,” writes Denise Bender in the obituary guest book. “I know she and Harry are now together forever. What fun there is in heaven today.”

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