Volunteer Spotlight, Ingrid and Richie Twiefel

Ingrid Twiefel smiling at the camera, sitting next to her husband Richie dressed up as Santa for an event.

Ingrid and Dietrich "Richie" Twiefel

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

With a love story strong enough to battle time, Ingrid and Dietrich "Richie" really are a volunteer duo that belong in the spotlight. Originally from Borkum, Germany, an island on the north sea, Ingrid moved to Mahwah, New Jersey in 1961 to marry Richie. The two had met when Richie, a retired marine, was visiting family in Germany.

After moving to Naples in 2013 they decided they needed to be involved in the local community and found Delnor-Wiggins right around the corner from their home.

Richie has been a scout, leader, and explorer his whole life. He's traveled far and met hundreds of people during his lifetime. His favorite thing to do as a volunteer? Beach steward! Richie is known colloquially as the "Mayor of the Beach" and has made friends with many families over the years. He keeps track of where everyone he has ever met is from, and marks it on a special map. He especially loves taking the time to make a personal connection with each person he meets, and even attempts to learn a word or two in their native language!

Ingrid can usually be found anywhere in the park that focuses on plants. A common site is her with work gloves on, muck shoes covered in mud, and a rake in hand. Her true passion is gardening. She took care of the yard at their house in New Jersey, and since moving to Florida has worked on other yards for friends and family.

At Delnor-Wiggins you can easily spot Ingrid working amidst the rangers. Her quick wit, warm smile, and unrivaled work ethic can't be missed.

Both Richie and Ingrid absolutely love the family feel amongst the staff at the park. They find great joy in working at the park and are proud to be members of the Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. There is no limit to how they are willing to help- in fact, it was no surprise that Ingrid recognized Santa during the 2019 Seashells & Santa event.

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