Jeffrey W. Vidt DVM
1954 - 2022
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Jeffrey W. Vidt DVM, 67, of Westmont, at rest January 1, 2022. Born March 26, 1954 in Pittsburgh PA to W. Glenn and Josephine (nee Ferrari) Vidt. Jeff, a devoted husband and strong Christian was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his faithful wife, Linda (nee Bozek); siblings Bob (Pam) Vidt, Sue (Gary) Kostecki, Lori (Steve) Caswell; Uncle Jim (Vicki) Vidt; mother-in-law Loretta (nee Strauss) Bozek; brothers-in-law Bob (Carolyn), Jim (Laura), Michael, Bill, Mark, Tom (Maureen) and John; sisters-in-law Doreen (Tim) Marion, Kim, Lori and Robbie (Phil) Marotta, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and his beloved Shar-Pei, Maui and Molly Brown. Jeff had a life-long love of animals and decided by age 11 that he wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating from York High School, Elmhurst, IL, in 1972, he went on to attend the University of Illinois for his undergraduate degree and graduated in the top of his class from the University of Illinois College of  Veterinary Medicine in 1980. During school breaks he volunteered at Downers Grove Animal Medical Clinic where he met his future wife, Linda, whom he married on January 6, 1979. He began his veterinary career at this same clinic in 1980. He then moved to LaGrange Park Pet Hospital and later to Sugar Grove, IL. In 2007 Jeff joined West Suburban Veterinary Associates in Westmont, IL, officially retiring from there in June 2020.  After developing a special interest in the Chinese Shar-Pei breed, Jeff purchase his first Shar-Pei, Shami, in 1983. He was one of the first veterinarians to actively study the unique health characteristics of the breed, and developed a website to furthering this knowledge, which veterinarians worldwide accessed to provide compassionate, quality care for their clients and families. Jeff's Shar-Pei dogs went on to receive  some of the first performance sports titles in the history of the breed, some also serving as therapy dogs. He was actively involved in Chinese Shar-Pei rescue, fostering and re-homing numerous Shar-Pei, many of them finding a forever home with Jeff and Linda. Jeff's many memberships and honors include the American Animal Hospital Association, the Association of Avian Practitioners, The American Heartworm Society, the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois State Veterinary Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Chairman of the Health Through Education Committee for the Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America since 1991, Obedience Advisor for the CSPCA and assistant Director of Training for the Lyons Township Dog Training Club, an all-breed AKC Obedience club, the William Morrison Service Award from the CSPCA in 1997 for service to the Shar-Pei fancy and in 2003 a Life Membership for the CSPCA. In 2015 he began to exhibit some disturbing physical symptoms, and in 2017 received an official diagnosis of Cortical Basal Degeneration, a rare Parkinson's type disease. Jeff was grateful for all the love and support shown to him during this illness. A favorite scripture, one which Jeff relied upon daily, especially during the last several years, was Romans 8:28 "We know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them"- The Book. When the progression of the disease began to have an impact on his ability to perform his veterinary work, the West Suburban associates, recognizing his devotion to care for his clients and families, did everything possible to assist Jeff in making possible for him to continue the care he was so passionate about. as a youth, Jeff was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church, where he was confirmed. Most recently he attended Avenue Christian Church and West Hills Community Church. Jeff was a strong, committed Christian and a man of great faith. He was actively involved in Men's Bible Study group, service projects and served as a mentor for young children in the Royal Rangers As a Boy Scout, Jeff attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was later selected for the Order of the Arrow.  Jeff loved spending time with family, friends, and his dogs. He was passionate about training and showing his dogs, as well as teaching others to train their dogs. As a skilled craftsman he enjoyed tackling home improvement projects both indoors and out and was an avid Chicago sports fan. Jeff's caring bedside manner put many anxious owners and their pets at ease. The pet community has lost a loving and compassionate friend. His servant's heart, educated mind, wry sense of humor and humble demeanor endeared him to all who were privileged to know him. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 11 A.M.-3 P.M., followed by Funeral Services at 3 P.M. at Avenue Christian Church 5750 Holmes Ave., Clarendon Hills, Il 60514. Arrangements entrusted to Cappetta's West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Westmont. Info 630-852-8000 or www.westsuburbanfh.com In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Community Adult Day Center 4501 Main St., Downers Grove, IL 60515, communityadultdaycenter.org. or Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Trust 9101 S. 55th St Oak Lawn, IL 60453. Donations of dog/cat food will be accepted at the Church the day of the funeral, before the service, for the People's Resource Center of Westmont, to be given in Jeff's memory.

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Published in Tributes.com on Jan. 1, 2022.
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January 14, 2022
Dear Linda and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. He left quite the legacy with clients, friends, and the Shar Pei community. Not many people have such an impact. May the angels lead him into Paradise.
Lisa Rehberger
Classmate
January 12, 2022
Jeff was one of the best people I ever met. He was a superb veterinarian with a compassionate soul. God blessed me with his friendship.
Dennis Brooks
Classmate
January 11, 2022
Linda and Family,
My family and I are very sorry to learn of the loss of Dr. Vidt. I have had sharpei's since 1987 and live in Madison WI. I love the breed, but there was never a vet who knew about their special health conditions. In 2007, a breeder told me about him. He saw 5 of our Sharpei's and 4 of my son's Sharpei's after that. We would drive from WI to IL just to see him. He taught us a lot about the Sharpei and even educated a vet in Wisconsin about the sharpei so that we wouldn't have to make the long drive every time. We continued to still bring our sharpei to him anyway when someone couldn't figure out what was going on with them. He was an amazing vet. We had a sharpei puppy that started dying at 8 weeks old. Our UW vets couldn't figure out what was wrong so Dr. Vidt told them what to do to keep him alive until we could rush him in. We first thought it was Sharpei fever but when we got him there Dr. Vidt said it wasn't. This puppy was barely breathing when we got him to Westmont. Dr. Vidt found a tick in the inside flap of his ear that was causing tick paralysis. He kept him overnight even taking him home so he wouldn't get stressed out while caring for him. Now, you don't find vets like that anymore. He became our vet and friend quickly. What a great, compassionate, humble man to lose. There will never be another Dr. Vidt. We are so sorry to learn of his passing. He made a difference to everyone who was privileged to know him. Our sincere sympathy. Debbie, Gina, Michael, and Nicholas Ring
Debbie Ring
Friend
January 10, 2022
I was looking for a vet and God led me to Dr. Vidt. I knew he was someone special when he met my dogs on the floor of his office. He always got down on their level and put them at ease. Dr. Vidt taught me a lot and was very patient with me when I didn't know about dog care. He had been a vet for a long time and had seen it all, thus he was very logical about pet care. He cared for 4 of the 5 dogs I have had during my adult life. I knew my dogs were getting the very best care. I am forever grateful to him. There will never be another vet like him. He was one of a kind. I am so sorry to hear about his passing.
Jane Ewing
Client
jane ewing
January 9, 2022
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr Vidt helped me with my Shar Pei in the early years of 2004.
Anja Hodge
Acquaintance
January 8, 2022
Jeff, Linda and family: I am so sorry for losing Jeff, but he is in God's hands now; at peace and surrounded by love. We will all see him soon, and he will be waiting with the kindness he always showed to everyone to greet each and every one of us. He always showed everyone grace and compassion; not a mean bone in his body no matter what the situation. In heaven he will be catching more fish than he ever dreamed: hand over fist. He just needed to cast the pole "over on the other side of the boat". He has that figured out now for sure, because he has Jesus to fish with now. Rest in Peace Jeff!
Michael Bozek
Family
January 6, 2022
Sincerest sympathy from all the Andersons in Lincoln
Sincerest sympathy from the Andersons in Lincoln...so glad we got to visit a little at Nationals in September
Melody Anderson
Friend
January 6, 2022
Missing you already
Ricky Korkosz
Friend
January 5, 2022
Dear Linda,

I am beyond sad to learn of the passing of Jeff. He was one of the kindest people I have known. Remembering back when we all trained our dogs together, we all had such a good time. Jeff also helped me with my border collies when they were sick. My heartfelt condolences to you and the entire family. Love and hugs.
Janine Jordan
Janine Jordan
January 5, 2022
He was such a compassionate person and a great guy. My Boomer and Yogi loved him. See you again on the rainbow bridge my friend
Raymond Redisi
Friend
January 4, 2022
Dear doc Jeff, you are going to be truly missed, You have been my vet and friend for almost 30 years with your help I have learned to be a good shar pei owner, you were so kind to my dogs and me, even though we were such opposites we became friends, don't know what I'm going to do when I need help for my Pei, I don't know what to Pei community it's going to do now it's lost in angel in our corner, I will truly miss you I am proud to call you my friend and my vet. my heart goes out to Linda and your family I know you truly are an angel in heaven now.
Ricky Korkosz
Friend
January 4, 2022
Dear Linda and Family, Jeff was one of a kind. His support and compassion he showed to us involved with Chinese Sari-Pei will live on in all the wonderful dogs he helped and will continue to help in perpetuity. Words can never really express my sorry to hear do his passing. He was a kind soul and always had time to talk when I saw him at a dog show. My sincere condolences to the whole family. The Rainbow bridge is welcoming him with open arms.
Gayle Gold Creasman
Friend
January 4, 2022
I was so sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Vidt. Jeff and Linda introduced me to the Shar-pei . I received my dog -Mugs from the Vidts. Please accept my most sincere condolences.
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Winifred New
Winifred New
Acquaintance
January 4, 2022
In loving memory of a wonderful Dr and person. Dr Vidt was one of the best Drs I had the honor to work with. He always had time at the end of the long work day, to stop and thank us for all of our help. A true gentleman. I always admired his commitment to the Shar-pei breed and improving it. He would talk to anyone that called with problems with their Shar-pei, no matter where they were located and no matter how busy he was. A compassionate man with the best interests in healing everyone's beloved pets. Always willing to jump in and assist any of the other Drs.
Peace to you Dr Jeff.
We will love you and miss you always.
Tina Grotzke
Coworker
Tina Grotzke
Coworker
January 4, 2022
Dr. Vidt was my favorite vet when I went to West Suburban Vet. He always was available to help me and my Bichons. He was an excellent vet and will be missed by all!
Carol Haines
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