Kathryn “Katie” Cappella, 98 of Valparaiso, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2024.  She was born March 10, 1925 in Calumet City, Illinois to the late, Charles and Rose (Arbic) Mangiaracina.  Making her career as a telephone operator, Katie worked for 26 years at AT&T, retiring in 1979.  She enjoyed attending the Banta Center in Valparaiso, as well as playing cards, dancing, exercising, and shopping.
Katie is survived by her brother, Joe (Ann) Mangiaracina; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; dear friend, Wayne Parker; and her Banta Center friends.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Cappella and sisters, Cora Schook and Dolores Prange.
Visitation will be held Friday, January 19, 2024 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM at Moeller Funeral Home 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso with a Funeral Service beginning at 12:00 PM.  A private burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso.


Katie was a wonderful soul. I loved spending time with her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. -Bonny DeArmond 

I will miss my Aunt Kay! She was the sweetest lady! I have so many fond memories. She loved her wine at night and she loved to go to the boat with her friends and gamble! I miss our phone conversations we laughed so much! -Kim Prange 

She was a kind and dear person, whom we loved to spend time with. Always with a smile and she was always dressed to the 9's, Steve & I and Lil Cora will miss her greatly. -Judy Rooney-Davis 

Aunt Kay was one of a kind. Such a loving soul. She always had a smile on her face. I never heard her say anything bad about anyone... we could all learn from her example. Aunt Kay will be missed but her memory will forever live in us. -Jae Thomas 

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