Posusney, Beverly

Beverly Schroedel Johnson Posusney of New Britain, formerly from Farmington, passed away on May 25 at New Britain General Hospital. She was born on August 27, 1928 and raised in New Britain, where she lived in close proximity to aunts, uncles and cousins. A love of family and home was foundational to her throughout her life.
Beverly graduated from New Britain High School in 1945, and Teachers College of Connecticut, now Central Connecticut State University, with a B.S. in Biology in 1949 and a M.S. in Biology in 1968. Family legend has it that she was the first female to attain a M.S. in Biology from Central.
She taught at Roosevelt Junior High School, was an instructor at CCSU, and went on to become a Special Education teacher at Newington Children’s Hospital. Some of her dearest friends were fellow NCH teachers and in retirement they often discussed politics and modern events over breakfast. Beverly and first husband, Russell Johnson, built the house in Farmington that she lived in until moving to Jerome Home in 2012, bringing her home to New Britain.
Beverly was a dedicated teacher who would load her junior high students into her car and take them into Walnut Hill Park to study the stars through a telescope. Until recent years former students often approached her in public and told her she inspired them to practice medicine.
As a teacher at Newington Children’s Hospital she did all she could to enrich her students, many of whom had difficult illnesses or conditions. No matter their diagnosis, Beverly approached each student as an individual with potential. She installed weather instrumentation on the roof so students could study rainfall and wind direction and speed. Her determination to make life as normal as possible for her students manifested in a memorable adventure when she, her fellow teachers and NCH nurses took wheelchair-bound students on a challenging bus ride into New York City, where most of the students had their first experience visiting the top of the World Trade Center.
Beverly was a member of The First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington, where she was a member for over 50 years, an avid volunteer and member of numerous committees. As a resident of Jerome Home in New Britain for over 6 years, she commented on how she continued to teach, providing guidance to the nurse’s aide students who worked with her as part of their training program. Her instinct to nurture and help people find their best self never left her.
Beverly was predeceased by husbands Russell H. Johnson (1974) and Edward Posusney (2017), her sister Barbara Schroedel Slysz (2017), her parents Bill and Ellen Schroedel, and a number of beloved cousins, aunts and uncles. She is survived by children Lynne Johnson Pease (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Russell H. Johnson Jr. (Guilford), Christine Johnson Welcome (Canton), their spouses Jim, Dan and Ed, and grandchildren Colin and Jeremy Welcome, and Eric and Shea Pease.
The family would like to offer special thanks to the remarkable staff at Jerome Home, who took incredible care of her and became extended members of the family.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. If desired, donations can be made to Jerome Home – recreation department, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain CT 06052 in Beverly’s memory.

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Jerome Home – recreation department, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain CT 06052 in Beverly’s memory.

4 Responses to 'Posusney, Beverly'

  1. Laura Vibert says:

    So sorry for the loss of you mom. You’re in our thoughts and prayers
    Laura Vibert

  2. Jennifer Holland says:

    Sending you heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the loss of your mom. Our moms both went to heaven on the same day. God bless old friend.

  3. Laura Vibert says:

    So sorry Christine on your loss, Niff and I have you in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Holly Heline Jarrell says:

    Chris, Russ and Lynne,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was such a wonderful lifelong friend to my mother. We have very fond memories of her warmth and kindness from across the way on Woodruff Rd.
    Holly Heline Jarrell

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