Alice Tepper

Obituary of Alice Tepper




Alice Buff Tepper, age 88, passed away on January 19, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

Born July 31, 1929, in Schenectady, Alice was the daughter  of the late Charles and Tekla (Shafarman) Buff, and the sister of the late Marvin Buff.   She graduated from Nott Terrace High School in 1947 and from Syracuse University in 1951 with a B.A. in English.

After graduating Syracuse, Alice married the fellow Schenectadian and love of her life, Dr. Jason A. Tepper.  They married on June 23, 1951 at the former Van Curler hotel.   They were married for 55 years until his death in January 2007. 

Alice and Jason initially lived in Philadelphia while Jason completed his residency in pediatrics.  They then moved back to Schenectady in 1953 and Jason entered private medical practice with his brother, Dr. Clifford M. Tepper.  Alice and Jason bought their first and only house on Central Parkway in Schenectady in 1956, and Alice was still living in this same home at the time of her death.

Alice led a beautiful, full and active life.    She initially was a stay-at-home mother, raising and caring for their three children while Jason pursued his medical practice.  In the 1970’s, she began graduate school to become a librarian.  She received her master’s degree in library science from SUNY Albany and became a part-time, substitute reference librarian at the Schenectady County Public Library.  She was also a substitute librarian, primarily in the Schenectady Public Schools. 

Alice was a lifelong member of Congregation Agudat Achim and was a volunteer in its women’s network.   She also volunteered extensively in the community.  She helped drive the elderly to various appointments through her congregation, and was an active volunteer for many years in the annual Thanksgiving food drive for Concerned for the Hungry.  She also volunteered extensively at the Whitney Book Corner operated by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library.   She was kind and charitable, not only assisting organizations, but also lending a helping hand to a relative, friend or someone in need.

Alice and Jason loved to travel together, preferring to explore adventurous and off the beaten track destinations.   In her earlier adult years, Alice was in many musicals put on by the Schenectady Light Opera.  She also liked playing golf and bridge.  She enjoyed skiing with the family and, with Jason, became a boater.  One of Alice’s great joys was camping on the islands of Lake George with Jason, their children and close friends.  For many years, Alice and Jason spent weekends on their boat on Lake George.   Later in life, Alice pursued her love of learning by regularly taking courses at “UCALL,” the Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning.   Over the past several years, Alice always looked forward to her Tuesday mahjong game and being with her mahjong friends.  She was a woman of culture, regularly attending performances at such venues as Proctors, SPAC, Schenectady Civic Players, Glimmerglass Opera and the Schenectady Symphony.   She cherished her many friendships.   Most of all, she loved her husband, children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Alice lived her life to the fullest. She had a keen intellect, loved to read, and closely followed current events.   Alice was a strong woman, and took pride in her independence.   She was the eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of life.  She was kind and generous, and cared deeply about her friends and her family

Alice is survived by her three children, Susan Eve Tepper LeClair of Schenectady; Robin Buff Conway and her husband, William Conway of Columbia, Maryland; and Eric A. Tepper and his wife, Patricia Lane Tepper of Saratoga Springs.  She is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Jason Conway, Meredith Conway-Nix, Alexander LeClair, Jessica Tepper and Allison Tepper, as well as by her great grandchildren, Austin Nix, Adena LeClair and Theodore LeClair.  She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Dr. Clifford M. Tepper, and sisters-in-law, Cynthia Tepper and Jewel Buff, as well as by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held at Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union Street, (Troy Road), Niskayuna on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at  2:00pm .Interment will follow immediately at the Agudat Achim Cemetery ,Schermerhorn Street in Rotterdam. A period of mourning will be observed at the Tepper residence, 1787 Central Parkway, Schenectady,on Sunday and Monday evenings, January 21,2018 and January 22, 2018, beginning at  7:00pm. Memorial contributions in Alice Tepper's name may be made to the Friends of the Library, c/o Treasurer, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady,NY 12305 or to the Central Park Rose Garden Restoration Committee, PO Box 3814, Schenectady,NY 12303