March 27, 1913 ~ May 7, 2009
Geneva Leona Klaus, a 69 year resident of Venice, CA passed away Thursday, May 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, adding another star to the heavens. Geneva was with us for 96 years.
Geneva was born March 27, 1913 on a farm in Cumberland, Indiana where she graduated from High School in 1932. She later met and married Edgar Fred Klaus, started her family with George as their first of three, then moved to California. When her husband was sent off to war she got a job working in meat packing plant to help support her family during the war effort. When her husband returned from war in 1946 they had two more children. Geneva's husbands' health quickly declined; passing away in 1955. Around 1952 she began working for Rockwell as an aircraft assembler. She retired from this job around 1969.During her retirement she visited extensively with her children's families and traveled back to Indiana to spend time with her cousins. In 1999 she had a stroke, here we truly saw her strength in the face of all that came towards her.
Geneva was a crochet enthusiast, creating beautiful blankets, snowflakes that adorned our Christmas trees, dolls and so much more.
I Am There
I am the breeze that kisses your cheek.
I am the sun that warms your face.
When you look at the purple evening sky, it is me.
When you see a majestic mountain, it is me.
When the birds sweetly sing, it is my voice.
When the water gently laps against the shore, it is my heartbeat.
I am the green grass against your feet.
I am the refreshing shade of summer.
In the stars, you see my eyes.
In the blue sky, you see my body.
Feel the air that surrounds you, I am there.
Feel the love in your heart, I am there.
She is survived by sons Lionel George (Lauri) Klaus of Newport Beach, CA; Fred Harold (Vivian) Klaus of Manhattan Beach, CA ; and daughter Leona Francis Hoskins of Mukilteo, WA. 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren also survive her.
She was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a friend. And so she shall be remembered for her ever standing strength, and her unwavering courage that helped guide her through life.
A memorial service will be held at White and Day Manhattan Beach Chapel on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 2:00pm. A reception will follow at the Manhattan Beach Country Club from 3:00pm - 6:30pm.
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