Lavenia Yuska (1922 - 2005)

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1922 - 2005
October 6, 1922
Fedville AR
May 22, 2005
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Manchester, Hartford County, Connecticut 06040
Lavenia Yuska was born on October 6, 1922 at Fedville AR. She died on May 22, 2005 at CT at age 82. We know that Lavenia Yuska had been residing in Manchester, Hartford County, Connecticut 06040.
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Manchester, Hartford County, Connecticut 06040
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May -2005
East cemetery Manchester CT
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She was born in Fedville AR in 1922 but raised in Texas, and moved to Manchester CT in the late 1950s then to Glastonbury CT in '74.


Don't know the names of her schools but she obviously graduated from high school and college, and earned two Ph.Ds after retirement.


Not sure but some religious belief seems likely as she was from the south. She mentioned many of her friends or peers were catholic but she wasn't catholic herself.


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For many years she taught English at Manchester High school (and Manchester community college) in Manchester CT. Mrs Banister/Yuska taught at MHS from the '50s to the early '80s.

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Earning two Ph.Ds after retirement was a great accomplishment, as was "overcoming her lifelong fear of water" and learning to swim.

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Tim Donovan commented on Jun 19
Lavenia Yuska was one of my teachers during my junior year at Manchester High school, 1974-75. I had her as an English teacher during the second semester that year, about February to June 1975. Lavenia taught a course on propaganda. She impressed me as being somewhat old fashioned, but overall I thought she had a good personality. Often she seemed quite cheerful.
Tim Donovan commented on Jun 19
I don't know much (for sure) about her personal life, but it seems she had a lot of experience with men. Maybe too much. Once I overheard someone say she had been divorced seven times. During her tenure at MHS her last name changed from Banister to Yuska. Those guys were almost certainly just her last two husbands. One daughter and a son are surnamed Banister, but a second daughter is surnamed Boykin. Unlike her other daughter, whose original name (Banister) is indicated, this (Beth) Boykin apparently still has her original name--the name of a third husband. And there could've been others--up to five more--if by 1975 she was married after seven divorces.
Tim Donovan commented on Jun 19
Lavenia might've gotten married the first time as early as 1940-42. Almost certainly, she started marrying vets right after the war, but the marriages didn't last, possibly because PTSD caused serious issues. Also, the prestige of being a vet belied the fact that many guys were just losers. To cite one example, at least one of the men who planted the flag at Iwo Jima ended up on skid row.
Tim Donovan commented on Jun 19
At one point in her class, Lavenia hinted at a reason for the failure of one marriage. She said something like "the quietest men can be the sickest." I know it's dangerous to speculate on the basis of such gossamer evidence, but I think she was referring to a former husband, possibly the one surnamed Boykin. I note the daughter from that marriage apparently never married herself--a possible consequence of sexual abuse in childhood. It's remarkable, even abnormal, that Lavenia kept tying the knot after at least one, and possibly several, bad experiences with men. That may have stemmed from a past or Southern milieu, in which a woman, to be respectable, must be married. Or it may have resulted from a character disorder, in which the allure of romance outweighed memories of past failures, however painful. One might suggest she had so much love to give no failure could daunt her.
Tim Donovan commented on Jun 19
Not surprisingly for a bright person of her generation, Lavenia had an interest in WWII. In her propaganda class we saw at least two films on Adolf Hitler.
Tim Donovan commented on Jun 19
Apparently, June 1975 was not the last time I saw Lavenia. About a dozen years after MHS, in March 1988, I was in line at the old Autobank (on the corner of Broad street and West Middle Turnpike in Manchester). I happened to notice, farther back in line, an elderly woman looking right at me and rather favorably, as if she knew me. I wondered who she was. There were two possibilities: an elementary school teacher, and Mrs. Yuska. I concluded it had to have been Lavenia Yuska because, as a high school teacher, she was far more likely to recognize me as an adult. I was a bit flattered she still remembered me, over a dozen years after I was in her class.
Tim Donovan commented on Jun 20
By 1975, Mrs. Yuska was well-acquainted with her colleagues at MHS. "Mr. Perry is approachable" she advised some students who wanted to use his office as the scene of a play. I appeared in that play, btw.


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Lavenia Yuska passed away on May 22, 2005 at CT at 82 years old. she was buried in East cemetery Manchester CT. She was born on October 6, 1922 at Fedville AR. There is no information about Lavenia's family or relationships. We know that Lavenia Yuska had been residing in Manchester, Hartford County, Connecticut 06040.

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In 1922, in the year that Lavenia Yuska was born, the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. on May 30th. More than 35,000 people attended the dedication including Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, and many Union and Confederate veterans - although the audience was segregated. The Memorial took 10 years to complete.

In 1946, at the age of 24 years old, Lavenia was alive when on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

In 1959, at the age of 37 years old, Lavenia was alive when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1963, by the time she was 41 years old, on November 22nd, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th President of the United States when President John Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. Johnson was sworn in on the plane carrying Kennedy's body back to Washington D.C.

In 1973, when she was 51 years old, on August 15th, amidst rising calls for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, Congress imposed an end to the bombing of Cambodia.

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