Josephine Haluch

February 24, 2021


In case you missed it, here is the video of Gram’s eulogy. A beautiful tribute given by one of the former students at Alliance College and family friend.

 The entire Alliance College family was saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Josephine Haluch, who died on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Mrs. Haluch holds a special place in the hearts of students, faculty, staff and friends of Alliance College. Tributes have been flowing in describing her with such terms as the “Alliance Matriarch” and “our Alliance College Mom.” Holder of the Cambridge Springs “Golden Cane” as the community’s oldest citizen, her loss is mourned by the entire community.

Mrs. Haluch’s wonderful life book ended the history of our alma mater. Born in Pittsburgh, her family moved to Cambridge Springs to farm and provide produce and milk to the Polish National Alliance College then housed in the Rider Hotel. As a young girl, she witnessed with her father the Rider Hotel fire that burned down our alma mater. Little did she know that in the decades to follow she would play an important part in the college’s growth and touch lives of so many students.

She married Coach Ted Haluch, a former Alliance College star athlete. Together the two of them became an integral part of the Alliance family. Mrs. Haluch served many roles during her decades at Alliance, but is most remembered for being like a “second Mom” to many students.

Mrs. Haluch will always be remembered for her kindness, warm smile, tireless efforts, and good deeds. She enjoyed life to the fullest with a deep love for family, sporting events, and dancing polkas with her late husband Coach Haluch!

Known for her beautiful voice, she sang Polish hymns at countless weddings and funerals.

The Alliance College family sends our condolences to the entire Haluch family. Your Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother played an important part in our lives.

Her family has noted that arrangements will include a viewing on Friday, March 5 at Van Matre Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, March 6 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Cambridge Springs. Mrs. Haluch will be buried beside Coach in the Cambridge Springs Cemetery, fittingly, at the upper corner closest to the Polish Pines.

She had such a wonderful life…and will be forever be in our hearts.