Lavenia Yuska (1922 - 2005)

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Lavenia Yuska
1922 - 2005
October 6, 1922
Fedville AR
May 22, 2005
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Glastonbury, 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 Glastonbury, Hartford County, Connecticut 06040.
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Her last name was Yuska and was formerly Boykin, Bannister (etc?).
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Glastonbury, 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 surnames were almost certainly just from her last two husbands. One daughter and a son are (or were) surnamed Banister, but a second daughter's last name is Boykin. Unlike her other daughter (whose name changed at marriage) 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 probably married the first time around 1946. (she could've finished college first). 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 Glastonbury, Hartford County, Connecticut 06040.

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In 1922, in the year that Lavenia Yuska was born, on June 22, coal miners in Herrin Illinois, were on strike (coal miners had been on strike nationally since April 1). The striking miners were outraged at the strikebreakers (scabs) that the company had brought in and laid siege to the mine. Three union workers were killed when gunfire was exchanged. The next day, union miners killed 23 strikebreakers and mine guards. No one, on either side, ever faced jail time.

In 1954, she was 32 years old when from April 22 through June 17th, the Army v. McCarthy hearings were held. The U.S. Army accused Roy Cohn (chief counsel to Senator McCarthy and later trusted mentor of Donald Trump) of blackmail. McCarthy and Cohn accused the U.S. Army of harboring communists. The Army allegations were found to be true. The U.S. Senate later censured McCarthy.

In 1975, at the age of 53 years old, Lavenia was alive when in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

In 1987, she was 65 years old when was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

In 1993, Lavenia was 71 years old when on February 26th, a truck bomb exploded in the garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center. While the bomb didn't do what was planned (collapse the North Tower into the South Tower), it did kill six people and injured thousands of people.

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