YOUCHA--Geraldine, 87, passed peacefully on June 5. A respected and adored wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, and friend; she was a veteran journalist and author. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1946 and was a staffer for Coronet magazine. She went on to write the weekly column, "As I Was Saying," for the Journal-News and contributed to Parents magazine, Women's Day, and others. She wrote the books "Minding the Children: Child Care in America from Colonial Times to the Present" and "Women and Alcohol: A Dangerous Pleasure," and co-authored with Judith Seixas: "Drugs, Alcohol, and Your Children: What Every Parent Needs to Know" and "Children of Alcoholism: A Survivor's Manual." She leaves behind her husband of 62 years, Isaac Zeke Youcha, along with her children, Victoria Youcha, Sharon Youcha, and Joe Youcha (Jessica Kaplan), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her family will miss her every day and continue to live by her three tenets: be of use, never buy retail, and don't make a fuss.
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Published in The New York Times on June 9, 2013