Julie A. Lange Julie A. Lange (nee Cappelletti), was the devoted mother of Ryan, Josh, Zach and Jesse Lange; loving daughter of Grace and the late John Cappelletti; dear sister of Jenny, Melody (Anthony Somoza), John (Laura) and Nick (Ann) Cappelletti; and dear aunt of John and Colt Lange, Kelly, Christy, Cara, Kathryn, Mary and Joey Cappelletti. Julie Cappelletti-Lange passed away Monday, April 30, 2012, after a brief and courageous battle with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, an extremely rare condition caused by a reaction to a common antibiotic. Julie graduated from Harry D. Jacobs High School in 1980, went on to attend Michigan State University and graduated from Governors State University in 1985 with a degree in psychology. Julie spent her entire business career with Putman Media working in various roles within the company, including customer research and marketing before deciding the business needed a professional Human Resources group, based on the 50% turnover the company was experiencing. Julie found her calling in running human resources, as she was a quintessential "people person." Under her leadership, Putman developed a "people-first" culture that helped the company attract and retain many the best people in B2B media. She had a knack of making people feel valued and creating an atmosphere where they could do their best work. Twenty-five years later, one of Julie's great legacies is the success of Putman Media, success largely driven by the fact that employee turnover has dropped to 5% annually and tenure averages nearly 10 years. Julie was always a whirlwind of activity, constantly involved in service work. She led many community outreach efforts at Putman involving large organizations such as Toys for Tots, as well as local efforts such as the Amundsen Foundation. However she spent even more time on her own, helping countless numbers of families and individuals. She seemed to have a knack for seeing people in need and giving them what they needed, whether it was financial assistance or, more importantly, her time to listen and empathize. Julie's greatest joy was family, and she could never get enough time with her four children, her mother, her four siblings and her nieces and nephews. She could always be counted on to attend as many games, recitals, plays and birthday parties as humanly possible. She loved playing the role of hostess and was fantastic in the kitchen. These traits, combined with her welcoming nature meant her home was a regular gathering spot for friends, family and neighbors and was a place where many great memories and friendships were created. The funeral will begin Saturday, 10 a.m. at Salerno's Rosedale Chapels, 450 W. Lake St. (¾ mile west of Bloomingdale/Roselle Road), Roselle, proceeding to St. Matthew Church for Mass at 11 a.m. Cremation is private. Visitation will be Friday, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the funeral chapel. For information, 630-889-1700.
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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 3, 2012