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 November 4th, British Egyptologists George Carnarvon and Howard Carter unearthed the first step leading to King Tutankhamen's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. By the end of the month they had unearthed the steps and broken through the door into the intact tomb. This was the only tomb that had remained unlooted that had been found (and is, to date). Filled with gold, jewels, and ancient everyday items, the find was priceless - in terms of money and history.

In 1935, she was merely 13 years old when the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

In 1953, when she was 31 years old, on January 20th, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the 34th President of the United States. Formerly the 1st Supreme Allied Commander Europe in World War II, Eisenhower had never previously held a political office.

In 1960, she was 38 years old when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1978, by the time she was 56 years old, on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

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