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Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 11:27 AM

Vera Hanson Roznovak

Vera Hanson Roznovak

Vera Hanson Roznovak, was born Feb. 19, 1926, in Hutto, and passed away peacefully June 4, 2024, in Temple at the age of 98.


Vera, known affectionately as Granny to many, was a long-time resident of Taylor and a strong, independent woman, living on her own up until the final days of her passing.

Vera’s life story is one of resilience and dedication, shaped by her family’s rich heritage. Her parents, Swen Johan “John” Hanson and Hulda Katrina Hedlund Hanson, immigrated from Sweden to the United States and married in 1914. By 1920, they were farming on rented land in Hutto alongside Swen’s parents, Hans and Johanna Hanson, who also immigrated in 1914.

Vera was married to Joe Roznovak, with whom she shared life until his passing in 1975. Together, they had five children, Wayne, Deborah, Denise, Claude and Kevin.

During World War II, she contributed to the war effort by sewing mattresses for the hospital, where she was eventually promoted into the pharmacy to fill prescriptions. Always an entrepreneur, she and Joe later owned and operated a service station. In her later years, Vera owned a costume shop, furthering her success in business and applying her love of sewing.

Vera also combined her love of music with her tenure as a piano teacher for many years. Vera enjoyed fishing, traveling, reading, listening to radio programs, word puzzles and baking “spritz” cookies. An avid bowler, her hobbies also included playing pool as she did to celebrate her 94th birthday.

An early riser and a woman of structure, Vera was up at 5 a.m. every day, dedicated to daily prayer, morning and night, followed by an early supper and, not to be forgotten, Wheel of Fortune. Through it all, Vera’s greatest joy came from gathering with her family, a matriarch, always ready with a speech and gold coins to pass out to the grandkids.

Vera’s legacy of family-first, hard work and dedication will continue to live on in the hearts of her family and friends. She will be remembered for her many contributions, her unwavering spirit and the joy she brought into the lives of others.

Vera (Granny) will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Roznovak; her daughter, Deborah Norman; grandsons, Darrell Wayne Roznovak and Erik and Derek Pfitzner; brothers, Arthur, Walter and John Hanson; and parents John and Hulda Hanson.

Vera is survived by her children, Denise Roznovak, Claude Roznovak and his wife Pam, Wayne Roznovak and his wife Dannis and Kevin Roznovak and his wife Stacy; and her grandchildren, Stephanie Hill and her fiancé Rollo Werchan, Brandy Wesson and her husband Chris, Shelly Cox and her husband Chris, Natalie Bonkowski and her husband Tony, Jennie Helbert and her husband Brett, Monica Patin, Michelle Moore, Karyn Morris and her husband Jeff and Katelyn Townsend and her husband Wyatt; great grandchildren, Gracie and Riley Hill, Kaylee and Presley Cox, Tyler and Olivia Bonkowski, Rayna and Chaynee Helbert, Lilly and Penelope Patin; and step-grandchildren, Hanna and Gwen Werchan.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 10, at Providence Funeral Home, 807 Carlos Parker Blvd.in NW Taylor. A memorial service to honor and celebrate Vera’s life will be held June 11, at 10 a.m. at Providence Funeral Home, with Shane Allen officiating.

Internment will follow at Taylor City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tony Bonkowski, Tyler Bonkowski, Chris Cox, Brett Helbert, Riley Hill, Jeff Morris, Wyatt Townsend and Chris Wesson.

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