Danville Express

Community Pulse - October 26, 2007


Jean Hellsten

Danville resident Jean Hellsten passed away Oct. 6 at the age of 84.

She was born May 6, 1923, in Long Island, N.Y., and has resided in the Danville area since 1970. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was involved in her church and community in New York and in California. A member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Danville for the last 15 years, she was active in women's circles, prayer lines and in hospitality services.

She is survived by her children, Nancy Schuster of Long Island, N.Y., Phyllis Maxwell of Antioch, and Philip Hellsten Jr. of Danville (aka Starman, often seen at Starbucks and around town); six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Jean's Life was held Oct. 12 at Peace Lutheran Church.

John Strother Wright

John Strother Wright, a native and resident of Danville, died Oct. 12 at the age of 56. He was born July 30, 1951, the son of Nelson and Pat Wright. He attended Monte Vista High School.

He passed away at the home he built, due to complications from ALS. He was a graduate of UC Berkeley and was a successful real estate broker and developer for more than 30 years. He served on the Danville Planning Commission and helped with town business for 10 years. He also enjoyed fly-fishing, hunting and tinkering with his vintage Ferraris.

He is survived by wife, Kimberly; five children: John Clayton, Casey Joseph, Samuel Thomas, Erin Marie, and William Nelson; two siblings, Jim and Linda Wright; one niece, Tricia; and Blue, his English setter and close companion.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated Oct. 20 at St. Isidore Church in Danville. Donations may be sent to ALS Association by e-mail, or to 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.


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