Danville Express

Community Pulse - August 10, 2007


Stephen Russell Jones

Danville resident Stephen Russell Jones, 57, passed away July 15 and is remembered as a man who enjoyed life, love and family.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Theresa; his children Nikki and Matt; his parents Russell and Cecile Jones; his brothers and sisters Richard and Tom Jones, Janice Lacoste, Suzanne Hidalgo, Yvonne Chaves; and nieces and nephews and friends. Services were held July 18-19 at St. Philip Neri Church in Alameda. Burial is at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

George J. Wirthman

George J. Wirthman, 86, a resident of Danville for 18 years, died in Walnut Creek on July 25.

He was born Sept. 15, 1920, in Kansas City, Mo. He was a track and football star during his high school and college days, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Before moving to Danville, he was a longtime resident of Walnut Creek. He worked as a stereotypist with the Berkeley Gazette. He retired as vice president in charge of sales for New York-based Wood Flong Corp., then he was owner of Westwood Enterprises.

He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was later a Boy Scout leader. He was also an avid golfer and was a member of the Contra Costa Country Club for more than 50 years.

He is survived by his wife of l8 years, Helen Wirthman of Danville; sons Phillip S. (Susan) Wirthman of Clayton and G. James (Olivia) Wirthman of Foster City; daughter Nancy J. Green of Fort Bragg; stepchildren Laurel, Benjamin and Kristina; l2 grandchildren, l5 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife Dorothy Wirthman in 1988.

A memorial service was held at Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel on July 30, with inurnment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Memorial contributions may be sent in his name to the Mt. Diablo Silverado Boy Scouts, 800 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill 94523.

Patricia (Patt) Johnson

Patricia (Patt) Johnson, 76, passed away quietly at her Danville home on July 26.

She was born Dec. 25, 1930. For 15 years, she owned a Danville gift shop, "The Storeroom of Gifts," with the slogan "Key to the Perfect Gift." She was a member for 25 years of the Soroptimists, an international organization of women helping women. She was also a longtime student of Science of Mind and a member of the Church of Religious Science in Lafayette.

She traveled extensively, loved flower arranging, and was an avid gardener. Her friends and family said that like her beautiful gardens, with loving care she nourished a beautiful life.

She is survived by her son Lindy Johnson; grandsons Jessy and Jeffery Johnson; granddaughter Julie Johnson; and great-granddaughter Jerrica Richardson, who all live in Danville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Johnson in Danville in 1991.

A service was held Aug. 3 at Oakmont Memorial Park. Donations may be sent to the Contra Costa Hospice. To share thoughts about Patt, go to her guestbook at Legacy.com.


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