WACO – Ann Roznovsky, who had a six-decade affiliation with the Waco Tribune-Herald and whose contributions to local civic, cultural and business organizations prompted the city of Waco in 1996 and 2008 to set aside days in her honor, died at her home Dec. 16, following a battle with cancer. She was 81.
A celebration of Roznovsky’s life was held Dec. 21 at First United Methodist Church of Woodway in Waco.
A native of Tennessee and an honor graduate at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, the former Ann Badolati covered everything from crime and federal courts to business during her time as a reporter at the Tribune-Herald.
She later became advertising director and community relations and marketing director, where her infectious smile and energy proved invaluable in promoting the newspaper and community she loved and served, according to her co-workers.
She met her future husband, Al Roznovsky, a Waco police officer, at the scene of an automobile accident. Thanks to that accidental meeting, Ann and Al married on May 21, 1960, and celebrated 57 years of marriage this year. Al Roznovsky later became Waco’s police chief.
Ann Roznovsky served on the board of 24 nonprofit organizations throughout her career. In early 2000, she started a museum at the Tribune-Herald, “Through Our Pages,” highlighting the paper’s history and noteworthy events it has chronicled. Later, during the ownership of hometown businessmen Clifton and Gordon Robinson, the attraction greatly expanded.
Roznovsky co-founded Storybook Christmas, a literacy project that focused on providing new books during the holidays to underprivileged children in McLennan County. During her years at the helm, more than 434,000 books found their way into the hands of youngsters.
She was chosen a “Community Hero” in 1996, when she carried the Olympic torch through the streets of Waco leading up to the Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia. That same year, city leaders proclaimed “Ann Roznovsky Day” in Waco, a fete repeated in 2008, when Roznovsky celebrated her 50 years as the “Face of the Trib,” so dubbed by former publisher Dan Savage.
Dave Campbell, longtime Tribune-Herald sports editor and founder of Texas Football magazine, said Roznovsky “never missed a beat” upon joining the Tribune-Herald full-time after her graduation from Texas Woman’s University. She had worked at the newspaper as an intern during the summer of her junior year, impressing longtime editor Harry Provence and then-owner Harlon Fentress.
“She was very talented and always on the run,” Campbell said. “I thought she did a great job for the Tribune-Herald, starting off in what we used to call the society section and then moving into marketing. Eventually, she got tired and retired, but she kept coming back.”
Indeed, other Tribune Herald publishers continued to tap into Roznovsky’s wealth of expertise and community contacts, pulling her back to the Trib for work on projects, including locating and securing more memorabilia to place in the expanding museum.
Roznovsky was born in Paris, Tennessee, on March 17, 1936, and was raised in Brownsville, Tennessee. She credited her widowed grandmother for teaching her to spell, display perfect manners and appreciate music.
Rosnovsky was a member of First United Methodist Church of Woodway, where she served on the church council.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Mike, and other relatives.
The family has designated Storybook Christmas, the Salvation Army, and the Cameron Park Zoological and Botanical Society for memorials.
Randall Scott Emmons
Randall Scott Emmons, co-owner of the Reporter News in Friendswood, Manvel and Pearland, died Dec, 7 in Houston. He was 61.
He was raised in Missouri and moved to the Houston area in 1974, where his family lived in Clear Lake.
He and his wife, Laura, owned the the Friendswood, Pearland and Manvel Reporter News, since 1984. He was active in these communities as a member of the Pearland Lions Club since 2013. He was also a member of all three chambers of commerce and served on the Friendswood Chamber board from 1994 to 2000, holding the positions of vice chairman from 1995-1998, chairman of the board in 1999, and past chairman in 2000. He also coached his children’s sports teams.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, two grandsons and other relatives.
A memorial service was held Dec. 16 at Jeter Funeral Home, Friendswood. Memorials may be made to the Texas Lions Camp or Pearland Lions Club.
AUSTIN – Former Hondo Anvil Herald co-owner Jerry June Barnes Berger, 93, of Austin, died Dec. 3.
A native of Waelder, she attended the University of Texas, majoring in home economics. In the fall of 1942, she met her future husband, Bill Berger, a soldier from Illinois, when the home economics students hosted a get-together on campus for soldiers from Camp Swift in Bastrop.
They married on Feb. 26, 1943, at Fort Sam Houston Chapel in San Antonio. She continued her studies at the university, graduating in 1944, while Bill was stationed at numerous posts across the country and in the Pacific Theatre. She taught high school in Gonzales until Bill returned home in early 1946.
They purchased the Hondo Anvil Herald, where they worked side by side to produce the weekly paper.
While raising three children, she assisted at the newspaper, participated in school and church activities and was a founding member of the Hondo Garden Club.
In 1965, the family moved to Austin when Bill was appointed to the Texas Water Commission. She was an active member at First United Methodist Church and in school activities, and was also in the women’s auxiliary of the Lions Club, the Austin State Official Ladies’ Club, the Austin Woman’s Club, P.E.O. and bridge groups.
For more than 20 years, she enjoyed her volunteer work as a docent at the Texas Governor’s Mansion.
For decades, the Bergers were avid UT fans, with season tickets to Longhorn football, baseball and both men’s and women’s basketball.
Jerry seemingly had the gift of sheer luck, winning many wonderful prizes in numerous contests and drawings over the years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Memorial service was held Dec. 6 at First United Methodist Church in Austin with burial in the Texas State Cemetery, Austin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hondo Garden Club, 2307 Avenue J, Hondo TX 78861, or the charity of one’s choice.
Edna Ann Carothers McNair
BOERNE – Former Boerne Star editor Ann McNair, 87, died Nov. 30 at Town and Country Manor in Boerne.
A native of Rochester, she attended Hardin-Simmons University, where she was in the HSU Cowgirls and worked on the school newspaper. She met and married fellow HSU student Dalmon Moody McNair in 1950.
She received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from HSU in 1950.
She was a journalist by trade, but worked in medical dictation in Tyler and later in Hammond, Louisiana.
She was the primary instructor for a church kindergarten in Hammond and served as director of publications at Southeastern Louisiana University before moving back to Texas in 1982.
In 1982, Ann became the editor of the Boerne Star, where she worked alongside husband Dalmon (the managing editor) until they both retired from the newspaper business in 1993.
She won several awards for her writing. She specialized in human interest stories and local color.
A two-time cancer survivor, she was very active in the American Cancer Society and First Baptist Church of Boerne.
In the past few years, she led Bible studies at Town and Country while a resident there.
She was preceded in death in 1994 by her husband, Dalmon.
She is survived by three children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Grace House or the American Cancer Society.