Rose Ann “Posy” Huebner, born February 8, 1923 to Blanche Gotshall and Alfred Britsch, passed away peacefully at Ebeid Hospice on the campus of Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio on June 21, 2014.
A life-long Toledo resident, Posy married her high school sweetheart and soul mate, Robert L. Huebner, on February 28, 1941. Over 62 years, they lived a life full of commitment to the advancement of Toledo art, education and culture. Their love of adventure sent them traveling around the world many times over.
Posy graduated from Scott High School in 1940. She pursued higher education and graduated from the University of Toledo in 1944. In 1942, Posy founded Gateway School, a nationally accredited Preschool and Kindergarten. She became known to generation of Toledoans as “Miss Posy”. Her love for early childhood education and children’s books positively impacted thousands of preschool aged children and their families. Posy retired from Gateway School in 1979.
Posy began her second career as a docent at The Toledo Museum of Art. For the next twenty-five plus years, she prepared and conducted top-notch tours for visitors of all ages. Posy showed continual dedication to The Toledo Museum of Art through financial support of Youth Education Programs, was an active member of The Apollo Society, and was also an esteemed member of the Libbey Circle.
In 2002, through a private collection of porcelain lithophanes, given to the City of Toledo by Posy’s cousin, Laurel Blair, Posy and Bob worked tirelessly to establish the Blair Museum of Lithophanes. The museum is located in the Toledo Botanical Garden and is recognized as the largest collection of its kind in the world with over 2,300 works.
In 2004, Posy and Bob co-founded the Robert L Huebner and Posy Huebner Collection at the Main Library of Toledo Lucas County Public Library. The collection contains exceptional works of original art by children’s literature illustrators. Unveiled with 13 pieces, the collection has grown to 125. Posy and Bob furthered their commitment to the Main Library by funding a state-of-the-art Children’s Programming Room.
Recipient of the 2005 Crosby Award, Posy was recognized and honored as a woman who devoted time and energy to the Toledo area to positively impact the arts, nature and education. Additional organizations that Posy proudly supported were American Association of University Women (AAUW), The University of Toledo’ Honors Fund Program, The United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Arts Commission of Toledo, American Cancer Society, The Toledo Public Library, The Toledo Opera Association, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, The Toledo Repertoire Theater, The Toledo Zoo and Collingwood Presbyterian Church.
Posy is survived by her son, Bradford L. Huebner, Anne M. Huebner, three grandchildren, Heather L Lady (Kip) of Alexandria, Virginia, Robert G. Huebner (Connie) of Auburn, Washington, Elizabeth A. Huebner (Bryce) of Akron, Ohio; two great- granddaughters, Reagan Grace Lady and Parker Claire Lady and three great grandsons, Toby, Cory and Tyler.