Dala Ann Vonderheide, age 62, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family at her side on Saturday, Aug. 13.
She was born on November 23, 1953 to Kenneth and Barbara (Averitt) Howard who preceded her in death. Dala was a 1972 graduate of Rushville Consolidated High School. She obtained her Bachelor's in education in 1976 from Indiana State and went on to obtaining her Master's in education from Ball State and her license for teaching the emotionally disabled.
She is survived by two brothers, Ken Howard and Tom (Linda) Howard both of Rushville, IN. She is also survived by her husband, Scott Vonderheide and their four children, Amy (Tony) Bultinck of Indianapolis, IN; J.D. (Andrea) Vonderheide of Hamilton, OH; Jeni (Michael) Toudouze of Aledo, TX; and Keevan Vonderheide of Terre Haute, IN as well as seven loving grandchildren, Hope, Mia, Lilah, Harper, Maddox, Hudson and Gracyn.
Dala served her community tirelessly. She retired from teaching two years ago after 38 years of inspiring hundreds of students to always give their best and to never give up on their dreams...and to always keep reading! She inspired not only those students, but all who knew her as she never met a challenge that she did not face head on with a gusto and determination.
Dala also participated in several committees and boards at her church, St. John's United Church of Christ. Every summer she led the vacation bible school program helping to spread God's love to the children in such an electric way. Each spring she cherished her participation in the Easter Ecumenical choir as well.
Dala's family and friends were the light of her life. Meeting her friends for a quick bite to eat and then to chat for hours were always a highlight for her. Of course, she never turned down an opportunity to babysit her grand babies. She was loved by so many and inspired by so many more. Her legacy will live on far past the days God gave her to us here on earth.
Memorials can be sent to St. John's United Church of Christ Youth Fund or Outrun the Sun for Melanoma Research
Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the St. John's United Church of Christ, 300 N Huntersville Rd, Batesville, IN. Funeral Service will be conducted on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the church with Pastors Dennis and Linda Frische-Mouri presiding. She will be laid to rest at St. John's United Church of Christ Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Moster Mortuary, 334 North Main Street, Rushville, IN 46173.
Published on August 15, 2016