Doris "Rusti" (Russell) VonderHaar

June 12, 1931 ~ September 15, 2021 (age 90)


Doris “Rusti” (Russell) VonderHaar of Evansville, IN, passed away at 3:55 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at the Evansville Protestant Home.

Rusti was born June 12, 1931, in Louisville, KY, to James and Lillian (Neal) Russell. She graduated from Atherton Girls High School in 1949 and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Louisville. In 1953, she was the first woman to graduate from the U of L School of Business.  Rusti married Tom on October 16, 1954.

She loved traveling and has visited 168 of the 194 countries in the world.

Rusti is survived by her husband of 2/3 of a century, Dr. Thomas E. VonderHaar; daughter, Karen VonderHaar of Newton, MA; sons, Tom VonderHaar Jr (Lisa) of Redding, CA; Steve VonderHaar (Michelle) of Palo Alto, CA; Alex VonderHaar (Clare) of Eugene, OR; Mark VonderHaar of Carbondale, CO; and 7 grandchildren: Baxter, Rachael, Camden, Mila, Coco, Michael and Sylvie.

Graveside Services were held at Park Lawn Cemetery, Evansville, IN.  In honoring Rusti’s wishes, the services were private and there will be no memorials.

Arrangements are being handled by BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN.

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