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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wayback Wednesday: Joel and Conna Dursteler

A request from a relative (Deborah Stegman) who is Donna Lee Dursteler's oldest daughter and oldest granddaughter of Joel and Conna Dursteler. She was looking for photos of Conna because she didn't have one. One of the great things about blogging and posting heritage information, it gives more people access to information I have. I need to get back to posting a Wayback Wednesday post until all the old photos I've scanned in from my mother are on my blog. Once again this blog has been a great tool to journal family information. I've had a lot of relative stumble onto my blog and asked if I had more information or photos which is quite fun! 

Also if you have any photos of Conna Rae or Joel, please email them to me at so that I can share them with the everyone. Thanks!

This information came from a Mapleton History book. 
Back row: Conna, Eugene, Donna Lee, Terry, Joel
Front row: Paul, Larry, Pauline

Parents: Joel Rudolph and Conna Rae Elwell Dursteler

Children: Larry, Jerry, Eugene, Donna Lee, Paul, Pauline and Margie

On the 12 April 1914, Joel Rudolph Dursteler came to the home of Henry and Clemma Long Dursteler home in Whitney, Idaho. It was a rented home of A.C. Hull, as Henry and Clemma were working for the Hulls when they met and married.

Joel went to school in Cub River. One year he lived with the Dursteler's in Whitney to go to school there, but he soon moved back home and worked for Earnest Spatig.

Later in life, he met Conna Rae Elwell and in 1936 they were married in Soda Springs, Idaho. We lieve for a while with Joel's parents on the ranch up in the hills. We then moved to Whitney and then Preston. Three children were born to us at this time: Larry, Jerry and Eugene. When Eugene was three months old, we decided to go to California to work in the Saw Mills with Joel's brother, Ed.

We took our three children with us. There were only 50 members of the church down there, so we fixed a place to hold church on Sundays.

Moving back to Preston, Joel worked as a carpenter. All in all, we lived in Cub River five times. Then we got some ground from Wendell and Afton Long and built a log home on the dugway hill. 

Here we adopted Margie, on or our grandchildren. She added much joy to this family. She always said she had an uncle and aunt that were her adopted brother and sister. 

Children born to this family: Larry (1937), Jerry (1938), Eugene (1941), Donna (1944), twins Paul and Pauline (19145) and Margie.

On 9 October 1975, Joel died in Mapleton. Our third child, Eugen was killed at his work. We have lost a grandchild Lonnie and a great grand child. 

Preston, Idaho Conna Rae Elwell Dursteler passed away peacefully in her sleep in Pocatello Idaho on February 13, 2008 at the great age of 90. She was born July 21, 1917, the fourth child of Ike Issac and Madge Francis Louise Carter Elwell. She was raised in Preston and graduated from Preston High School.

She met Joel R. Dursteler and they were married August 29, 1936 in Soda Springs, Idaho. They lived in Cub River, Idaho; California, Idaho Falls, ID; Soda Springs, ID; and then back to Preston. Joel preceded her in death in 1975 and she moved to Preston until 2004 when she moved to Pocatello. She was a very caring lady and she was always there if anyone needed help in any way. She ran the Del Monte Cafe in Franklin and waited on many people from Preston to Idaho Falls. she cooked at the schools and senior citizen center as well as participated in the Meals on Wheels program. She also worked in the Home Health Care.

She is survived by four children, Larry R. (Tamra) Dursteler, of Hyde Park Utah; Jerry E. (Jill) Dursteler, Idaho Falls, ID, Paulene (David) Stoddard, Georgetown, ID; and Paul H.(LInda) Dursteler, Cub River, ID; 39 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren, siblings Leora Evans, Don Elwell, and Gwen Jordan all of Logan, UT. She was preceded in death by her husband Joel, her parents, a son Joel Eugene Dursteler, a daughter Donna Lee Dursteler, two brothers Jack Carter, and *Bud) Leland Elwell, and a sister Norma Nash McIntire.

1 comment:

Larry "R" Dursteler said...

Sondra, I clearly need to drop in here more often. What a great blog you have, so full of family stuff of all kinds, yours, ours and theirs!!! Im sending your blog to my kids, if you don't mind.

I loved the stuff about your Dad Grant. Did you know he was a great football player way back when? A running back. He grew up across the street from my grandmother Elwill on 2nd south in Preston. His brothers Robert and George were part of my growing up years in Preston. I played basketball and softball with and against Robert. I actually rode to USU in a car pool with George. Grant was a good, good man who I thought very much of. He certainly deserved your love and respect. I know he never stopped being proud of and loving his and Zoey's children. Spent time hunting with him a number of times with his brother-in-laws (Zoey's brothers: Joel, Randall, Ed, Glenn and Leo. Great memories. Thank you again. Larry Dursteler.


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