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He was 68.
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden, unexpected passing of Dr. A. J. Capelli, a respected and valued Aurora physician and caregiver who made significant contributions to both our community and hospital,” said Doug Koch, president of the Racine, Kenosha and Northern Illinois service area for Aurora, in a statement to the Kenosha News.
Posts on social media expressed shock and sorrow at the news of his death, and an outpouring of love for Capelli and his family. They described him as a doctor who gave “exceptional care” and had a great sense of humor.
“Whenever you saw him he was so full of life; he hugged you whether you were a patient or not,” said Steven R. Torcaso, a longtime friend.
Started practice 36 years agoCapelli established his primary care practice with his wife, Julie, 36 years ago at 7540 22nd Ave., in the building once owned by his parents, who operated a deli there.
During his career with Aurora, Capelli was medical director of quality/care management for Aurora Health Care South Region from 1999 2004, and served as the Kenosha medical director to the Aurora/Compcare Health Network.
He also taught students from the University of Wisconsin Medical School and Marquette University.
At the time of his death, Capelli was serving on the board of Aurora Health Care Medical Group.
Involved in communityCapelli’s community involvement included the Kenosha Community Health Clinic, United Way, the Spanish Center, the Shalom Center and the Mahone Foundation.
Last October, Capelli and his older brother Dr. Paul A. Capelli, a retired obstetrician, were honored by the Italian American Society at its 93rd annual Columbus Day banquet for their contributions to the Kenosha community as individuals and as physicians.
In his remarks, Capelli credited his parents and other immigrants for making the journey from their homelands to make a better life in America.
Capelli’s honors included the Community Physician of the Year award from the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Millman award from the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Brillman Teaching award from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Well liked by patientsIn addition to public recognition, Capelli was especially appreciated by those he cared for and, in 2011, was voted best doctor in the annual Best of Kenosha County community poll.