Gotlieb Henning Klausen

Gotlieb Henning Klausen

April 4, 1928 ~ March 16, 2022

Gotlieb or “Klaus” as he was known by most, passed away at the age of 93.  He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to Einar and Kirstine Klausen.  He served in the Danish Army and then immigrated to Canada to experience the world.  While in Canada, Klaus met Bente Petersen at a German dancing club and they were married in 1959.  They moved to Southern California for a career opportunity in 1963 and then back to Canada for a time before settling in Gardena, California and finally retiring in Turlock, California in 1994.  In 1997 Gotlieb was very proud to become a United States Citizen.

Klaus was a steel fitter for many years and made various special landmarks during his career including making the current Los Angeles Angels “A” sign outside of the ballpark.  He had a very strong work ethic was reliable and very precise.  Always appreciative, Klaus lived his life with integrity and was known as an optimistic man that enjoyed BBQing for family, holidays and travelling.  His favorite places to travel included Lake Tahoe, Monterey, camping in Yosemite as well as taking cruises.

Klaus is survived by his wife Bente Klausen; daughter Diane (Jonathan) Widenbaum; and grandchildren Jared Widenbaum, Megan Widenbaum and Jaela Widenbaum.  He was preceded in death by his parents; son Steve Klausen and brothers Anker, Ove, Arne, Erling and Henry. 

A celebration of life service will be held at Bente Klausen’s home on May 29, 2022 at 1:00p.m.


  • Elena Teixeira March 22, 2022 1:22 am

    Klaus and Bente have been our neighbors for more than 20 years. Wonderful neighbors too! They have been like family❤️We will miss seeing his smiling face. Condolences and Prayers 🙏🏼to the Klausen family during this difficult time

  • Jacqueline & Jennifer Paris March 22, 2022 7:45 pm

    It was an honor to know Klaus. Such a wonderful, kind neighbor! We will miss him dearly! Our deepest sympathy and prayers for his loving family.

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