Gloria Cappiello, Pharmacy technician and manager, ‘Lasagna Queen,’ enjoyed crocheting

By on November 2, 2016

Gloria Cappiello was born in Manhattan on St. Patrick’s Day 1923 to Enrico and Anna Tinelli. Her father, Enrico, was the legendary reinforced concrete specialist responsible for all the concrete work on New York’s major landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and the George Washington Bridge, to name just a few.

Gloria married Justin Cappiello, who had a pharmacy degree from Columbia University and a degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from New York University. Gloria and Justin had a family-run pharmacy for 40 years. Gloria was a pharmacy technician and manager of that pharmacy.

They had four boys who all followed into various medical fields: Peter, who lives in New York, became a pharmacist; Justin Jr., a Lancaster County ophthalmologist; Enrico, who lives in West Virginia is a radiologist; and the youngest child, Paul, a veterinarian in Clay Township. All their children continued the family tradition of helping with healing and the relief of suffering.

Gloria enjoyed crocheting hats for friends and family. She was a very social person, and loved to have people enjoy her exceptional cooking skills. To some she was known as the “Lasagna Queen” for her dedication to the perfection of certain Italian specialty dishes.

Gloria will join her husband, Justin, in heaven; he had passed in 1993. She is the last of the Tinelli children to join her beloved parents, brother and sisters in God’s grace in heaven. Amen!

Services were held Oct. 29 at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, Ephrata, with Dr. B.W. Hambrick officiating.

Memorial contributions in Gloria’s memory may be made to the COPD Foundation at

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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