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.

1922 - 2005 World Events

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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 1934, when she was merely 12 years old, on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

In 1942, when she was 20 years old, on February 19th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This authorized the Secretary of War to "prescribe certain areas as military zones." On March 21st, he signed Public Law 503 which was approved after an hour discussion in the Senate and 30 minutes in the House. The Law provided for enforcement of his Executive Order. This cleared the way for approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry to be evicted from the West Coast and to be held in concentration camps and other confinement sites across the country. In Hawaii, a few thousand were detained. German and Italian Americans in the U.S. were also confined.

In 1966, at the age of 44 years old, Lavenia was alive when on September 8th, the first Star Trek episode, "The Man Trap," was broadcast on NBC. The plot concerned a creature that sucked salt from human bodies. The original series only aired for 3 seasons due to low ratings.

In 1994, at the age of 72 years old, Lavenia was alive when on May 6th, former political prisoner, lawyer, and activist Nelson Mandela was elected the first black President of South Africa. He was 75 when he was elected and he served one five-year term.

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