Betty Kleinau |

Betty Kleinau

Private services were held on Feb. 13 for Betty Ann Kleinau, who passed away on Feb. 11. She was 64.

Mrs. Kleinau was born in 1943 to Clara and Lee Gideon in Chattanooga, Tenn. Her family moved to Southern California in 1948 where, in 1960, she graduated with honors from Ventura High School. She then attended Ventura Community College and started working for the United States Air Force doing data entry.

On Jan. 24, 1962, she married Larry Kleinau. Mrs. Kleinau stayed home to raise the couple’s five children and her young brother while her husband was away at sea. Between 1970 and 1974, the family lived in Atsugi, Japan. In Japan, Mrs. Kleinau was involved in charitable work with military families and local orphanages, offered cooking classes in her home. She enjoyed making dolls and painting their porcelain faces.

In 1976, the family moved to Grass Valley. Mrs. Kleinau and her mother opened a rest home in Penn Valley and operated another one in Grass Valley from 1984 to 1992. She ran a day-care center in her home from 1992 to 1994. She and her husband delivered newspapers for The Union from 1994 to 1999.

Mrs. Kleinau enjoyed family cross-country trips and visiting with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Larry D. Kleinau Sr. of Grass Valley; sons Larry D. Kleinau Jr. of Fairfield and Ray L. Kleinau of Grass Valley; daughters Rose A. Galen, Tina L. Evans, Lisa L. Brenner and Teme Nelson, all of Grass Valley; brother, Norman L. Gideon of Laguna Niguel; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Kleinau was preceded in death by her mother, Clara Pearson Rhoad, and her father, Lee Gideon.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

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