ALBANY – Grace J. Mabboni Roznowski, age 100, died Thursday, August 5, 2021. Grace was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Hospital Nursing School and she joined the U.S. Navy in World War II, serving in Hawaii and Chelsea, MA. In 1950, she graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in nursing. She came to Albany in 1952 where she worked at St. Peter’s Hospital and later for the Visiting Nurses’ Association. While working for the Visiting Nurse Association, she attended Russell Sage College and she received her M.S. degree in maternal and child health.
Grace was active in the community. She was a volunteer at the Visiting Nurse Association, the Albany Medical Center Children’s Hospital and the St. John’s Center Food Pantry. For more than 35 years she collected medical supplies, clothing and toys for a health clinic in Mississippi and Native American reservations in South Dakota. She belonged to several organizations including the Catholic Nurses’ Association, The Sisters of Mercy Auxiliary, The Tyrol Club Auxiliary and their Women’s Service League in Solvay, NY.
Grace was predeceased by her husband Donald M. Roznowski. She is survived by her son Thomas (Trisha Bracken) of Bloomington, IN, her daughters Ellen Taylor of Albany, and Fran Roznowski of Chelsea, MA; her son Joseph of Syracuse; her grandchildren Emmett Gillen and Maxwell Roznowski; and her great grandchildren Valor and Ruby Gillen and extended family members Caley Jensen, Morgan Jensen, Mira Jensen and Luke O’Connor.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, August 10th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish of Mater Christi, 40 Hopewell St., Albany, NY 12208. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, on Monday August 9th, from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be on Wednesday, August 11th, at 1:00PM in the Assumption Cemetery, Syracuse NY. The family suggests Memorial contributions to St. John’s/St. Ann’s Outreach Center Food Pantry, 88 Fourth Ave., Albany, NY 12202. To leave a message of condolence for the family, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
This is a song that Grace’s son Tom wrote and performed for her:
This is a video tribute to Grace: