Theresa Patricia Henfling, age 92, of Oklahoma City, OK, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2016. Theresa was the wife of Harold Henfling, formerly of Winsted.
She was born March 16, 1924, in Oklahoma City, to James Francis and Emma Katherine (Portrey) Coleman.
Theresa attended Sacred Heart School, and graduated May 25, 1941, from St. Joseph’s High School in Oklahoma City.She worked at John E. Wolf Advertising Company as John’s secretary.
Theresa married the love of her life, Harold Anthony Henfling (from Winsted) May 16, 1953, at St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral, almost six years after their first meeting June 14, 1947. They made their home in Oklahoma City, raised four children, and were married nearly 63 years at her time of death. The couple was blessed to celebrate their 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries with family and friends.
Theresa loved all her family and friends and would do anything for everyone, having the heart of a saint. She loved dancing to polka and big band music, and traveling with her husband and family, including many cruises, trips to Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, and 44 other states.
Theresa was a member of the Legion of Mary and was actively involved in Catholic Daughters, where she served as treasurer, and vice regent, and was chosen Catholic Daughter of the Year. She was also a member of the Catholic Women Activity Club, and was chosen for the Woman of Achievement Award in May, 2009. As a member of the St. Francis Altar Society since 1971, Theresa worked on committees preparing funeral dinners, counting collection money for many years, and also folding the church bulletins. She volunteered at Rosary School while her children attended. She was always willing to lend a hand whenever needed.
She was preceded in death by her son, William Mark Henfling Aug. 29, 1980, from a tragic car accident; her parents, James and Emma Coleman; sister, Rosecelia (Coleman) Henfling; brother, Francis Coleman; parents-in-law John A. and Regina (Hausladen) Henfling; brothers and sisters-in-law Alfred Henfling, Mary Jane (Eufinger) Coleman, Michael Henfling, and Gregory Henfling; and son-in-law James Keithley, who died in a tragic car accident March 21 of this year.
Theresa is survived by her husband, Harold; children Patricia Ann (Henfling) Keithley of Norman, OK, John Francis and Marie (Garcia) Henfling of Albuquerque, NM, and Joseph Anthony and Cynthia (Drayer) Henfling of Bosque Farms, NM; grandchildren Christopher and Amanda (Teague) Keithley of Moore, OK, Melissa Keithley of Norman, OK, Aaron Henfling, Amanda (Henfling) and Mark Zuverink, all of Albuquerque, Allison (Henfling) and James Hemphill of Las Vegas, NV, and Kaitlyn (Henfling) and Zach Ochoa of Las Cruces, NM; sister-in-law Sylvia (Lush) Henfling of Hoffman Estates, IL; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Oklahoma City, followed by interment at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City.
There was a rosary/prayer service Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Smith & Kernke Funeral Home in Oklahoma City, with visitation from noon to 6 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, OK, or St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Oklahoma City.