Alice Joyce (Oliver) Teufel
Jan 25, 1942 – April 12, 2022
Alice Teufel, life-long Long Island resident (minus her last 4 years enjoying Virginia), passed away at the age of 80 from complications after a surgery.
Alice’s legacy includes two daughters, Christina Auer (Hapi Auer) and Amy Zewe (William Zewe) and three grandchildren, Alexander & Kristina Rofail, and Adam Auer.
While Alice was born in Brooklyn, her parents moved her and her sister, Virginia, to Deer Park during the 1950s. Alice went on to study at Farmingdale College where she found herself in need of a tutor—at which point she was connected to Warren Teufel to get some help on a math course.
Warren and Alice wed in 1967 and built their lifetime home in Shoreham, NY.
Dedicated to raising a family and contributing to their community, education was a key focus for the Teufel family. Both Alice and Warren were part of the public-school systems, Alice taking on Special Ed students at SWR’s Miller Avenue School.
Alice, along with Warren, were also determined to have a strong Bible teaching church on the East End. In the early 1980s, along with two other families, they founded the Wading River Baptist Church, initially renting meeting space at Camp de Wolfe. By 1990, with sound stewardship and Providence, the Wading River Baptist Church’s home building was open on Wading River Manor Rd., and the first wedding to happen there was Chrissy Teufel’s. Alice served as financial secretary and treasurer for the WRBC for many decades.
Alice was also a travel planner extraordinaire—each summer from 1967 until about 2002, Alice documented summer RV road trips. She could tell you the price of gas in Tuscan in July, 1982, simply by grabbing the travel journal from that year. She and Warren also photographically cataloged most of North America.
Warren passed in 2014. Alice stayed in Shoreham until 2016, and then went to Bay Shore for a bit to near Chrissy, and moved to Leesburg, VA, April 2018, to be near Amy. Alice loved the topography and flowers and trees of Virginia.
Alice was instrumental in getting her Virginia assisted living facility to turn their weekly Bingo game into a cash game and getting it on the schedule 3 days per week! Alice also loved doing all the arts and crafts projects, attending performing arts events at her place, and her skills at “Paint and Sip” surprised just about everyone. Alice enjoyed when her grand-dog Lulu would visit—Lulu loved Grandma.
Alice is remembered as sweet, helpful, and certainly headstrong. With a business savvy and a strong sense of community, Alice leaves a significant footprint in Shoreham.
Alice will be terribly missed by her entire family, but she is rejoicing in Heaven, free of the pain of Parkinson’s, which was a daily struggle for her in the final days. Alice will be laid to rest in Wading River Cemetery with her husband, Warren.
A Memorial Service at WRBC will be at 11 am on Monday, April 18. Family is available at 10:30 for visiting at the church. Burial at Wading River Cemetery immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Alice’s name to one or more of her favorite non-profit ministries: The Jerusalem Connection (www.thejerusalemconnection.us), The Navigators (www.Navigators.org) or the Wading Rive Baptist Church (www.wadingriverbaptist.com)