Trissa O. Haefling 1923-2018
WARREN — Trissa Olean Davis Haefling, 94, formerly of Warren, went home to be with the Lord at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at Bailey Manor in Bainbridge Island, Wash. Trissa resided at Madison Avenue Retirement Center in Bainbridge Island, Wash., for five years prior to her stay at Bailey Manor.
She was born Feb. 14, 1923, in Warren, a daughter of the late L.G. and Mildred Isler Davis.
Trissa was a lifetime resident of the area except for the five years she resided in Windham and the 13 years in Chagrin Falls, including 10 years she spent at Hamlet Village in Chagrin Falls and three years she spent with her son and his wife, Todd and Karen, at their residence.
She graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1940. After graduation, she worked with her father at West Side Realty and Insurance Co., where she did accounting for various local firms. During World War II, she provided income tax services for their insurance clientele and continued to provide that service for many years after the war.
Trissa was an active member of Tod Avenue Methodist Church and performed a variety of duties for the church; she taught Sunday School, presided over the youth fellowship for several years and sang in the choir, to name a few. Following her marriage Oct. 28, 1945, to Carl L. Haefling, a son of Carl and Birdie Parks Haefling, she became a member of Central Christian Church, where she still maintained her membership.
After her marriage she formed the Haefling Insurance Agency alongside her husband; they operated the business together for 29 years. During this time, she became a committed genealogist, establishing the family’s lineage derived from the early settlers of New England, Virginia and Ohio. Trissa served as a genealogical volunteer of the Ohioana Room in the Warren Library, held office in the Trumbull County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, served on the Board of Directors of Fowl and was a member of the Amaranth Lodge Division of the Masonic Order.
She was a member of the Mary Chesney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a founding charter member of the William Gaylord Chapter of the 17th Century Colonial Dames and also a member of the First Families of Ohio Genealogical Society, the Richland County Illinois Historical Society, The Beall, Friend, Foote and Brandt Families and various other research societies. Trissa also helped research for various people while traveling to Europe, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Israel and the United States.
Her loving husband of 58 years preceded her in death June 8, 2003.
She is survived by her adoring children, sons, Carl (Pamela) Haefling of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Todd (Karen) Haefling of Chagrin Falls; and grandchildren, Geoffrey of New York and Chelsea of Chagrin Falls; also her dear nieces and nephews, Kenton and Roberta Hyde, William and Barbara Hyde and Larry and Dinah Hyde.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Rhea Davis Grumbling and Maurine Davis Hyde; and brother, Leon.
Friends and family may call 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. memorial service Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at McFarland and Son Funeral Home, 271 N. Park Ave., Warren.
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