Geraldine Elizabeth McCue Lusnia
1931 - 2021
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Geraldine Elizabeth McCue Lusnia was born on November 11, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY to James Aloysius McCue and Anna Mills Leroy McCue. She grew up on Autumn Avenue above her father's funeral home and attended THE Mary Louis Academy (1949) and received a BA in English from Hunter College (1953). After graduation, she worked as an editor at Unicorn Press, a substitute teacher in Brooklyn, and as a reservation agent for Pan Am Airlines. While at Pan Am, she travelled extensively throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. The memories of these trips and the keepsakes collected provided her with many interesting stories that she would tell for the rest of her life. When her parents retired and sold the business in 1961, she moved to northern California with her young daughter, Kathleen, where she began teaching second grade in Laytonville.

As a transplant from the Big Apple, Geraldine found the public transportations options in rural Mendocino county lacking. She queried friends as to a suitable driving instructor so that she might get her driver's license and a car. She was introduced to Stanley L. Lusnia, a shopkeeper residing in Branscomb, CA, as a suitable instructor. As fate would conspire, they found more in common than just the goal of safe and responsible driving. They were married on April 14, 1962 and lived pretty happily ever after. Stanley adopted Geraldine's young daughter, Kathleen, and the union produced two other children Albert and Paul.

Geraldine continued as a grade school teacher in Laytonville until 1967 and then began teaching at Brookside Elementary School in Willits. During the 1970s and 1980s, she worked at Brookside as the reading specialist for the Willits Unified School District. She continued her education through both Humboldt State and Sonoma State Universities and completed a Master's Degree in Reading in 1986. During the final phase of her career, she taught at the Blosser Lane School and retired in 1992.

Throughout her life, she pursued many interests and hobbies. She was a skillful seamstress, quilter, and knitter, making many useful garments for her friends, children, and grandchildren, some of which are still in use today. She had an interest in genealogy, was an adventurous cook, enjoyed travelling, and was an enthusiastic participant in many Elderhostel tours. She was an aggressive member of the American Volkssport Association, even starting her own club at one time, the "Mendocino Meanderers." She enjoyed reading murder mysteries and volunteering at the Willits Harrah Senior Center and at the Plowshares Peace and Justice Center in Ukiah. She was a firm believer in the teachings of the Catholic Church and strident advocate for its precepts and values. She passed away peacefully on Christmas Day, 2020 at the home of her daughter, Kathleen.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Noreen Timmer, Kathleen Meckelborg, James McCue, and William McCue, and by her husband of 42 years, Stanley. She is survived by her children, Kathleen Robinson of Milwaukie, OR, Albert Lusnia (Susann) of New Orleans, LA, & Paul Lusnia (Yolanda) of Santa Rosa, CA, and her grandchildren, Colin Robinson, Andrew Robinson, Stanley Lusnia, & Julia Lusnia, and 12 nieces & nephews.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, no funeral was held. A memorial service will be planned when things get somewhat more normal. Memorial donations can be made to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Willits. https://stanthonywillits.org/

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Published in The WillitsNews from Jan. 23 to Feb. 21, 2021.
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