Kathleen Elizabeth (Farley) Haluska

Kathleen Elizabeth (Farley) Haluska born August 17, 1946 in Des Moines IA, entered into rest August 25, 2022 in Omaha, NE.

Kate grew up working at the family grocery store, Paul Farley’s SuperValu in Des Moines IA. She went on to attend Drake University where she studied Art History. In October 1969 she married the love of her life Andrew Haluska and together they raised three sons while living in Des Moines IA, Fort Collins CO, Albuquerque NM and Fort Walton Beach FL.

She was very artistic and loved to paint and make crafts that she shared with family and sold at craft fairs and local galleries. Her love for Christmas Decorating was admired by everyone that walked into her home or drove by her front yard.

She enjoyed spending time baking her famous chocolate chip cookies and cooking amazing Italian dishes for her family. In her free time she would love to find a good treasure at an estate sale, go to the movies or attend dinner with her friends. Kate’s children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. You would often find her talking about them while smiling from ear to ear.

She is preceded in death by her husband Andrew Haluska, mom Vera Farley, dad Paul Farley, sister Jane Duffy, brother Pat Farley, and brother-in-law John Haluska.

Kate is survived by sister Jill (Roger) Brosnahan of San Miguel De Allende Mexico, sister Mary Gramling of Scottsdale AZ, brother John Farley of Guntersville, AL, her beloved sons Andrew (Kimberly) Haluska of Omaha NE, Matthew Haluska of Findlay OH, Michael Haluska of Navarre FL, grandchildren: Karmella, Matthew, Lily, Emery, Aleyna, sister-in-law Mary (Paul) Buchanan of Kansas City MO, sister-in-law Patty Haluska of Fort Worth TX, brother-in-law Mike (Mary) Haluska or Portland OR, many nieces, nephews and her close friends Stu Akrin, Donna Akrin and Linda Hitt John.

There will be a private family service at a later date.


  • Stacey A Peaton Posted August 30, 2022 3:25 pm

    I love my aunt Kathy very much! I have a few of her special Santa pieces that she created and I proudly display and wear them during the Christmas season! They always put a huge smile on my face! She was wonderful and will be missed!

  • Heather Hutchison Posted August 30, 2022 3:46 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wendell and Heather Hutchison

  • Valerie Findley Posted August 31, 2022 10:26 am

    So very sorry to hear this news-may you all hold her sweetly in your hearts and memories. She was a dear and kind woman and will be missed by many. Deepest condolences to all.

  • Chris Haluska Posted August 31, 2022 11:07 am

    A wonderful woman. Always smiling and laughing. She brightened up every room, except when she was upset :). She will definitely be missed. Love.

  • Donna Akrin Posted August 31, 2022 12:59 pm

    I took the liberty of paraphrasing this Koby Keith song to express how I feel
    I’m going to miss that smile
    I’m going to miss you my friend
    Even though it hurts the way it ended
    I’d do it all again

    So paint your art in heaven
    Because that is where I know you’ll be
    I’m not crying because I feel so sorry for you
    I’m crying for me

  • Kim Vawter and Keith Kotera Posted August 31, 2022 10:08 pm

    So sorry for your loss Andy , Kim and Karmella.

  • Jeffrey Joseph Smith Posted September 2, 2022 12:17 am

    I’ve always thought Kathy looked like a Haluska. Our family is spread so far and wide that we don’t have the ability to share our lives and develope close bonds like the foundational Haluska built. I will tell you any interaction I did get to have with Kathy or Andy was big smiles, loving engagement and just real love. I’m sorry for our loss. She was a dear. 🙏🙏🙏

  • Sharon Phillips Posted September 2, 2022 4:08 pm

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great friend. I miss her already. Love to you all. She loved you so much

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