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Dr. Joyce E. Rusterholz

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“I just found out and my prayers are with you all. Dr. Rusterholtz delivered my son 18 mos. ago. She will greatly be missed. ”
1 of 39 | Posted by: Kristin Penny - Trenton, OH

“Dr Rusterholz delivered my two sons, one in 1995 and the second just 6 months ago. She was a wonderful doctor and lovely person. She will be sadly...Read More »
2 of 39 | Posted by: Amberly Kirby - Lebanon, OH

“I met Dr. Rusterholz right around this time - the spring of 1992 - as a 22 year old college senior with a newly diagnosed ovarian mass that required...Read More »
3 of 39 | Posted by: Amy Malcom - Denver, CO

“DR.RUSTERHOLZ WAS THE GREAT DR. I FOUND WHEN I NEEDED ONE SHE HAS BEEN MY DR. ALL THE YEARS SHE HAS BEEN IN MIDDLETOWN LOVE YOU DR.JOYCE,YOU WILL BE...Read More »
4 of 39 | Posted by: BETTY SLATTON - middletown,oh., OH

“Dear Family, It was pleasure to work for DR. R. She was always smiling and pleasant. She will be missed by myself and a lot of others.She was easy to...Read More »
5 of 39 | Posted by: Betty Jensen - middletown, OH

“I had the pleasure of working with Dr R at the Family Birth Center and most recently Bidwell Surgery Center. She was a kind and compassionate doctor...Read More »
6 of 39 | Posted by: Sharon Johnston, RN - Middletown, OH

“Dr Rusterholz was the most compasionate lady and physician I have ever met. As my employer, doctor, friend and family she will be deeply missed. She...Read More »
7 of 39 | Posted by: Tracy Cassidy - Middletown, OH

“I am saddened we have lost a very kind-hearted doctor. Her laugh and sweetness will be remembered most. The family is in my prayers. Thank you Dr....Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Kara Piccioni - Middletown, OH

“To the Family, I cannot express in words what Dr. R meant to me during my journey with cancer in the summer of 2008. She was a strength both in her...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Bonnie Newell - Middletown, OH

“Jay, Ashley and family: Our hearts are with you. We also will miss Joyce. We will, however see her again. It's not final but transitional. "Her...Read More »
10 of 39 | Posted by: Bob and Shirley Tate - Dayton, OH

“We will greatly miss Joyce and her sweet smile and laugh. We enjoyed meeting her for breakfast get-togethers with Ashley and Jay. She always cared...Read More »
11 of 39 | Posted by: Ethan and Cori Haper - Dayton, OH

“Dr. Rusterholtz was the kindest physician I have ever known. What an impact she had on people! I am thankful that I was her patient. I will keep...Read More »
12 of 39 | Posted by: Dainie Oligee - Middletown, OH

“I am saddened to hear the loss of Dr.Rusterholz. I was a patient of hers and will miss her happy personality. She was a wonderful person and Doctor....Read More »
13 of 39 | Posted by: Ursula Hawkins - Middletown, OH

“OUR HEARTS ARE SADDENED AT THE UNTIMLEY PASSING OF A REMARKABLE,WARM AND COMPASSINATE DOCTOR. SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER. FROM...Read More »
14 of 39 | Posted by: ATRIUM SWITCHBOARD - MIDDLETOWN, OH

“I am very saddened by the sudden loss of a wonderful doctor. I have worked along Dr. Rusterholz for 9 years at MRH and at Atrium Medical Center. ...Read More »
15 of 39 | Posted by: Brandie McGuire - Middletown, OH

“I had the pleasure to work with Dr Rusterholz @ two hospital birthing centers. She was so compassionate & caring. Also, of importance, she treated...Read More »
16 of 39 | Posted by: Debbie Sizemore - Middletown, OH

“I have known Joyce for all of her 55 years. I am so very proud of her; especially for impacting so many people's lives in such a positive way. ...Read More »
17 of 39 | Posted by: Shirley Krouse - Liberty Twp., OH

“We our deeply sadden by the sudden loss of our sweet Dr.Rusterholz. She took good care of both my mother, sisters and myself. Her kind gentle smile...Read More »
18 of 39 | Posted by: Kim Kirby, Mary Kirby, Patty Young,Tina Deatherage,and Virginia - OH

“I am so shocked and saddened to learn of the loss of such a wonderful person and professional. Dr. Rusterholz delivered both of my children and has...Read More »
19 of 39 | Posted by: Jenny Streibick - Middletown, OH

“I am overwhelmed with sadness at the loss of Dr. Rusterholz. I had worked ocassionally with her as an RN at Middletown Hosp years ago & was always...Read More »
20 of 39 | Posted by: Marla Gorman - Trenton, OH

“I can't hope to find another doctor as sweet as Dr. Joyce. I'll especially miss her smiles and giggles. I am so sad for her family, which includes...Read More »
21 of 39 | Posted by: Carolyn Kinder - Franklin, OH

“I cannot describe the saddness I feel on hearing of the loss of Dr. Joyce. I was a patient of hers ever since she came to Middletown and now I feel...Read More »
22 of 39 | Posted by: Elanys Symon - Trenton, OH

“Dr. Rusterholz was the best doctor I've ever had. She had a great smile and always made me feel comfortable. I will miss her and my prayers are...Read More »
23 of 39 | Posted by: Barb Klopp - Middletown, OH

“Joyce was my partner in our Ob/Gyn practice for the last 9 years. We had a very strong professional relationship and would do anything for each...Read More »
24 of 39 | Posted by: Ted Talbot, MD - Springboro, OH

“My deepest sympathies go out to the family and staff of Dr. Rusterholz. She was my doctor she was the one who found my breast cancer in me she saved...Read More »
25 of 39 | Posted by: mildred - middletown, OH

“Dr. Rustelholtz was a wonderful doctor who cared greatly about her patients. I know she will be missed. She delivered our baby boy just four short...Read More »
26 of 39 | Posted by: Kristin Price - Middletown, OH

“dr. joyce was a neighbor and friend. she delivered all our grandbabies, and was the consummate professional; at the same time, the sight of her...Read More »
27 of 39 | Posted by: john d. webster - middletown, OH

“I was so sad to hear the tragic news of the passing of Dr. Rusterholz. I worked at the Family Birth Center in the early 90's when Joyce came to town...Read More »
28 of 39 | Posted by: Tammy Mullins - Cedarville, OH

“May the memories of her past bring great love to her family today! I just wanted to express how much she will be missed by the Family Birth team at...Read More »
29 of 39 | Posted by: Kelly Lyninger - Middletown, OH

“Dr. Rusterholz was a wonderful woman and physician. She will be remembered as a gentle person, healer and witness of God's love in my heart. I will...Read More »
30 of 39 | Posted by: Amy Sponsel - Middletown, OH

“I had the honor and privilege to be Dr.R'S friend and Office Manager since she came to Middletown. Her son's are the apple of her eyes. She is so...Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: Terry Jones - Middletown, OH

“Dr. Rusterholz's family, I want to let you know how very sorry I am for your loss. I deeply cared for and loved Dr. Joyce. She has been my doctor...Read More »
32 of 39 | Posted by: Julie Krueckeberg - Middletown, OH

“Dr. Rusterholz delivered my grandson in 2004. We didn't have him long before he became an angel in heaven. She did what she could do to save him. For...Read More »
33 of 39 | Posted by: Linda Tucker - Middletown, OH

“Doc was a special person. I enjoyed treating her as a patient for spinal problems and giving my best efforts to the patients she referred. She will...Read More »
34 of 39 | Posted by: Dr. Mark D. McClure - Middletown, OH

“I AM SADDEND BY THE LOSS OF SUCH A WONDERFUL,SWEET AND CARING PERSON. HER SWEET LAUGH AND CARING PERSONALITY WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. MY MEMORIES OF...Read More »
35 of 39 | Posted by: JEANNIE MINOR - CARLISLE, OH

“I would like to express my condolences to Joyce's family for their unexpected loss. I had the honor to work with Dr R as a member of the Family Birth...Read More »
36 of 39 | Posted by: Terri McGuire - Monroe, OH

“she was a very good doctor i was one of her patients... my condolences to her family she will be very missed ”
37 of 39 | Posted by: marynda takach - middletown, OH

“Dr. R. was among the sweetest women I've ever known. She'll always hold a special place in my heart for taking such good care of her office staff,...Read More »
38 of 39 | Posted by: Becky Perkins - Monroe, OH

“Dr.Rusterholz delivered my only child in 1997. She will always have a special place in my heart!! She had a special personality that was easy to love...Read More »
39 of 39 | Posted by: Janet Hogan - Middletown, OH


Dr. Joyce E. Rusterholz, 55, of Middletown, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Atrium Medical Center. She was born in Connersville, Indiana on December 6, 1953 to parents Edwin and Norma (Wolber) Rusterholz.

Dr. Rusterholz received her medical degree from The University of Louisville in 1980, then moved to St. Louis, MO for her residency and started her first medical practice. She relocated to Middletown in 1991 and began practicing medicine at Southwest Ohio OB/GYN. She had a passion for her family and pets, and greatly enjoyed travel.

She is survived by her three sons, Francis "Jay" Dube and his wife, Ashley, of Lafayette, IN, Patrick Dube of Oxford, OH and Paul Marre of Middletown; her mother, Norma Rusterholz of Cincinnati; sisters, Shirley Krouse of Middletown and Sharon (Gary) Laukhuff of Indianapolis, IN; three nieces, Angela Krouse of Middletown, Julie Laukhuff of Louisville, KY and Kelly Laukhuff of Zionsville, IN; and one nephew, Steven Wooton currently serving in the US Navy. She was preceded in death by her father, Edwin Rusterholz. She will also be missed by her medical practice partner, Dr. Talbot and her office staff and friends, Terry Jones, Karen Middleton, Sharon Perkins, Beth Daniel, Tracy Cassidy and Mary Crutchfield.

Funeral Service will be held Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm at WILSON-SCHRAMM-SPAULDING FUNERAL HOME, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown with Reverend Dr. Eric Newell officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

Memorial donations may be made to P.A.W.S., 2790 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., P.O. Box 684, Middletown, OH 45042 – OR - the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077-7491.

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