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Jeffrey A. Guidetti


Jeffrey A. Guidetti, age 65, of Wayne, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 23, 2017 surrounded by his beloved wife and three loving children.

Born in Kearny, Jeff was raised in Lyndhurst. Always a go-getter, following graduation from Rutherford High School with the Class of 1970, Jeff wasted no time starting his own business, Guidetti Wallcovering and Contracting when he was just eighteen years old. He embarked on a direct path to success.

In 1975, while bowling at the Bowl-O-Drome in North Arlington with mutual friends, Jeff met a sweet girl named Donna Abrescia. Their first official date together was to a restaurant called Maxwell’s Plumb in New York City on the Upper East Side. Since they enjoyed their dinner together, they figured they would make the date a little longer by going for dessert to a place called Peppermint Park. For the foreseeable future, this became a Saturday night tradition and, over a series of more dinners and desserts, their love for each other grew and grew. One night, while out for dinner at a venue closer to home – Nico’s Pier 17 in Paramus, Jeff endearingly proposed to his future wife. While she ran to the lady’s room, Jeff slipped an engagement ring on her dessert fork. They married on Friday, March 3, 1978 at the Church of the Annunciation in Wayne. Not only did Donna marry the man of her dreams, but also inherited a loving son Anthony. After making their wedding promises before God, family and friends, they hosted a beautiful reception at the Wayne Manor, then headed off to Acapulco for their honeymoon. Jeff and Donna’s journey as husband and wife began in North Arlington where they resided until 1983 when they moved to Wayne. In all they enjoyed 39 years in a loving marriage.

The months peeled off the calendar quickly and soon Jeff and Donna were the parents of a beautiful daughter Nicole and then a beautiful daughter Denene. Through lots of invested energy and hard work Jeff’s contracting business continued to grow and prosper, blessing him with the means to be able to provide admirably for his adored family. In the fall of 2008, when the economy had a serious setback, Jeff made a necessary life adjustment. He returned to school in early 2009 and obtained his New Jersey home inspection license. Over the course of the following eight years, Jeff started and successfully established Perfection Home Inspections. A determined man and tireless worker, Jeff conducted a home inspection as recently as last week.

Jeff was the consummate “Car Guy”. His most recent project was a 1933 steel Ford coupe which, for all intents and purposes, was complete and ready to gas up and drive. But Jeff was a bit of a perfectionist. Presently, the car was taken apart and Jeff was enjoying the process of making that car into exactly what he envisioned it should be. In the past he had also owned three other cars including a yellow 1937 Minotti coupe. Being the car enthusiast that he was, Jeff derived great joy from attending car shows, cruise nights, and being a car club member.

Jeff found great satisfaction in living a healthful life style. When at the family condo in Myrtle Beach or shore house in Mantoloking, he was always up and outside way before the rest of his family. After an early morning three-mile jog on the beach, he would walk into the house all energized, grab a Krispy Kreme donut, some fresh fruit and his juicer to make himself an energy drink. While standing there enjoying that drink, he’d express wonder as to why Donna and his kids weren’t as raring to go as he was. He loved playing racquetball too. At home he was a member of the Kings Court Health and Sports Club in Lyndhurst where he played semi-pro racquetball. He always wanted to play against younger guys because the guys in his own age bracket were just too easy to beat.

Above all else, Jeff adored his family and one of the greatest chapters in his life came with the arrival of his three grandchildren – five year old Aviana, two year old Lucci, and 4 week old Matteo. They were the light of his life. Nothing made him happier than spending time with them. There wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t stop by to visit them. They loved coming over his house to play. He played games like "Tiger Bear" with Aviana, read car magazines with Lucci, and took them for pool time at Grams.

Jeff is survived by his beloved wife Donna; his dear son Anthony L. Guidetti and Kimmy of Upper Saddle River; two dear daughters: Nicole and husband Nicholas Serapiglia of Wayne, and Denene Guidetti of Wayne; three cherished grandchildren: Aviana, Lucci, and Matteo; and his two nephews: Steven and wife Jennifer Taylor of Mahwah, and Christopher and wife Ana Taylor of Wayne. He was predeceased by his two dear brothers: Stephen Guidetti in 1977 and Richard Guidetti in 2017; and his beloved niece: Jennifer Cantrella in 2006.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, July 28, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from the funeral home then to Immaculate Heart of Mary R.C. Church, where at 10:00 AM, a Mass will be offered. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum, North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Jeffrey’s name are asked to consider, Recanati/Miller Transplant Institute Liver Cancer Research Fund, One Gustave L. Levy Place,
Box 1104, New York, NY 10029. 

Guest Book


Donna, Nicole, Deneen, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jeff always made me laugh, he was so funny and a great Dad and husband. Jeff, " Minerva" hopes you are watching over your family and your beautiful grandchildren. RIP my old friend.

Bernadette Catanese


Sincere condolences to the Donna, Nicole, Deneen and the entire family. Having known Jeff for over 50 years, he always had a great sense of humor and could make me laugh at almost anything. Always a tough competitor in sports and an accomplished racquetball player. He was a real fighter and always achieved what he set his mind on. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Steve Bollander


Anthony and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Rhoda Massaro

Rhoda Massaro


My thoughts and prayers go out to the Guidetti family. I knew Jeff through racquetball for 30 years. He was a true family man. A man of character and integrity. Rest in peace Jeff. Chaz Repekta

Chaz Repekta


Donna, We are so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Robert, Francine, Alexa, Jessica and Nicole.

Robert M. Guidetti


dear Donna and girls, No words.....We are so very sorry to hear about Jeff's passing....our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time....

KAren & Joe Donofrio


Donna and family. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Our prayers are with you. Born and Marilyn

Robert J. Guidetti


So sorry to hear about Jeff. I remember the great times with him either playing raquetball, the DQ, the park or Eddies.He was the most energetic man that I knew with goals in his life that most could never reach but he did. My prayers to all of you. God bless you and Jeff..

steve delpome


Anthony and Kimmy, our sincere condolences. We know how very much you loved your father and we were lucky enough to also know him through Upper Saddle River and Toms River. We know how proud he was of your success as you were of his. We also know he was grateful for all the love and care you provided. Linda & John Stabile

Linda & John Stabile


Dear Donna & family So very sorry to hear of Jeff's passing. May all the wonderful memories you have of your life together bring you peace and comfort. "To live in the hearts of those you love is not to die." With deepest sympathy. Valerie Salmeri Wengrin

Valerie Salmeri Wengrin


I am so happy to have known you over the past 14 years! You welcomed me into the family with open arms. I enjoyed the time we spent together and I will cherish the memories. You will be missed, but not forgotten. Love you!

Kim Van Saders


Anthony and Kimmy...It is with a heavy heart that we express our condolences and sadness for the passing of your father. The two of you enjoyed many good times together, enjoyed the successes of each other's careers and shared in the love of cars. In this life, you were fortunate to have had each other, able to enjoy the fruits of your labors and spend time with your family.

Nick and Danielle Minoia


What a beautiful and heartfelt tribute. I am so sorry for your loss. May these cherished memories carry you all through the difficult days ahead. Jeff has obviously left an incredible legacy for all you. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Dana Dizon


To the entire Guidetti Family. My sincere condolences. In the short time I new Jeff, he was a good man. Loved his family and was always truthful and direct. He will be missed. Donna, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Once again, I am so sorry for your loss.

Malcolm Sillars


I met Mr. Guidetti in my teen years. He was a kind and positive person to be around always. My thoughts are with him and his family.

Harry Ortiz


To Anthony, Kim and family Our sincere condolences to all of you on the passing of your dad... Our prayers and thoughts are with you on this day and all days to follow. We love you guys Love, Linda & Al Pearson

Linda & Al Pearson

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