Submitted by Rexanne Pilkenton:
Have you ever set up utility service and then didn’t get your bill? That’s exactly how this story begins. LaVerne Rohlack of Coupland will retire from Manville Water Supply Corporation with 39 years of service on October 31, 2014. For many of you, she is the face of Manville and she will be greatly missed by customers and her co-workers. While leaving the corporation and the daily office routine, she will not be idle. LaVerne is planning on helping her husband, Ernest Rohlack, in the cattle business as well as having fun with her family and friends.
In 1969, a group of farmers from the Manor and Pflugerville area was searching for a water supply for their families and livestock. Since then, Manville has grown into a much larger system with approximately 8,500 retail and wholesale customers and a staff of 24 employees. LaVerne has been a vital part of the organization, as she was one of Manville’s first employees. With her youngest son, (Thomas) in first grade, daughter, (Jana) in 8th grade and oldest son, (Ernie) a freshman in high school, LaVerne was working as a substitute teacher at the Coupland school. Having been on the Manville water system for several months, she mentioned to her co-worker that she had only received one water bill. At that point, someone suggested that she apply for a job at Manville since it appeared they needed office help. She did and here she is 39 years later. She has worn many hats over the years and currently serves as Assistant Manager and Director of Business Services. Continue reading