Celebrating her 98th Birthday with seventy or so relatives Saturday in the Nazareth Community Hall, Brigitta Dobmeier was presented with a beautifully decorated cake by her granddaughter, Janay Davis. Looking the cake over Brigitta asked: “And, where are all my candles?” Being quick-witted like her grandmother, Janay responded, “They don’t make cakes that big!”
Born on June 7th, 1916, Brigitta’s parents, Frank and Anna Hochstein, lived in Fordyce, Nebraska. She came as a young nurse to this area to help Dr. Miller of Dimmitt with his growing practice, as well as to care for her brother, Bill. She met and married Leo Dobmeier in 1938, and they raised 13 children, a great use of her nursing skills. Today, she resides at Castro County Nursing Home, where she enjoys friends, family visits, and playing cards and bingo. She celebrated with her family on her birthday by eating out at Sisters restaurant in Dimmitt, where the cooks served up her favorite food – fried onion rings.
At the Dobmeier reunion this last weekend, she thoroughly enjoyed playing Pitch with relatives to the point where she argued about going back to the home too early – “they don’t lock the doors until 10 p.m.” Those who played beside her commented that she still has a lot of skill with both the cards and her repartee — given those 98 years!
CLOSENESS IN CHRIST:
THEME OF VBS
Vacation Bible School was a hit this year with 65 volunteers and 125 eager children from pre-k through sixth grade attending. “The number of volunteers has been amazing,” VBS director, Diane Heitschmidt, said, “and it makes my job a little easier.” Bible school is Monday through Thursday at 8:30 to 11:45 all around the campus of Holy Family Church. The children have a busy day, which consists of recreation and bible games, bible story, crafts, snacks, and music. The closing program will be held at 11:30 on Thursday in the church, and everyone in the community is welcome. “Our goal is to bring everyone closer to Jesus,” Heitschmidt said.
Young German Teen Loves Panhandle
After six months, foreign cultural student, Zoe Bieringer, will be leaving Nazareth to go back to her home in Germany on June 25. Bieringer arrived at Nazareth in January. She said that everyone in Nazareth was very welcoming, and she fit right in with Keith and Kim Birkenfeld and their children, her host family. She even called them Mom and Dad. Bieringer also felt comfortable at school and made lifelong friends. She admits that school in Nazareth was easier than in Germany. “I especially enjoyed the that we could participate in extracurricular activities during school,” Bieringer said. “We did not have that option in Germany.”
While in Texas, she visited the capitol in Austin, College Station, and Galveston beach with her host family;. Zoe’s mother, Cosima Bieringer, came to Nazareth to visit on June 10. Next week, Zoe and her mother will enjoy highlights such as Santa Fe and Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, and she will take a train ride through Colorado to sight-see. When asked what she loved most about Nazareth, Bieringer exclaimed that the plains are beautiful. “I love that it hardly rains in the panhandle,” Bieringer said. “Since it always rains in Germany, I have grown to dislike it. I love the plains because I can look far and see more than anywhere else in the world.”
OPEN DOORS TO BENEFIT SOCIETY”
Good evening and thank you for coming to the class of 2014’s graduation ceremony. Tonight is filled with anticipation of what tomorrow holds and reflections on memories from the past. Today we celebrate our remarkable journey through school. A wonderful journey it has been, and for some of us at times, an uphill battle. But through the dedication of the faculty, the wisdom of our teachers, and the support of our families, friends, and classmates, we have persevered. Today, we graduate.
Walt Disney once said, “Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
As freshman, we were curious. We joined new clubs and tried the new things that high school had to offer. My classmates and I were active members in many different organizations. As time went on, each of us began testing the waters and finding our own niche.
Now we must apply this to the next chapter of our lives, college. We must continue to open doors and try new things just like we did four years ago. The real challenge is to take all that we have experienced and mold it into something which will benefit society. Who we have become has been greatly influenced by our experiences with this class at this school. Now we must make the big jump from high school to college. The past four years have definitely had their fair share of ups and downs, but fortunately, we learned to move forward, solve problems, and overcome adversity. These lessons will greatly benefit us as we leave Nazareth and start a new life.
Graduating from high school is a major accomplishment, but there are bigger accomplishments that we will make in our futures because I am certain that the Nazareth seniors of 2014 have bright futures awaiting them. My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Good luck.
CELEBRATION OF OUR FRIENDS, THE PLAYAS
Playa Field Day will be held on Tuesday, June 24th from 8:30am-1pm in Nazareth, Texas, starting at the Home Mercantile Building (101 Second Street). Those attending will be guided by Texas Tech University researchers, Dr. Nancy McIntyre and Ph.D. student, Scott Starr. Bring your waders or whatever will allow you to walk through ankle-deep water, in order to observe tadpoles, fairy shrimp, tadpole shrimp, dragonflies, damselflies, etc., to better understand how surface water impacts a playa ecosystem. There is $10 fee for sandwich lunch and refreshments. The Field Day is sponsored by Ogallala Commons and the Dixon Water Foundation. Those attending are asked to wear clothing, footwear, and bring bug spray and a hat suitable for the field tours. Anyone attending is asked to contact Darryl Birkenfeld, OC Director (806-945-2255) by Monday, June 23rd to insure an accurate lunch count.
COLLEGE GRADUATIONS CONGRATULATIONS (Continued)
Wesley Huseman – Graduated with a Masters in Structural Civil Engineering from Lehigh University (son of David & Dorothy Huseman; grandson off Louis & Virginia Huseman and Veronica “Ronnie” Wilhelm)
Brittany Maldonado – Graduated with a Bachelors in Dental Hygiene from the University of San Antonio (wife of Anthony Maldonado; daughter of Julius & Kathy Birkenfeld)
Lauren Kern – Graduated with a Bachelors of Education in Multidisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University (daughter of Francis & Regina Kern; granddaughter of Rita Kern)
Caitlin Kern – Graduated with a Bachelors in Biology, Chemistry & Psychology from Ole Miss University, Mississippi (daughter of Francis & Regina Kern; granddaughter of Rita Kern)
Brooke Penquite – graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from the University of North Texas (daughter of Jey Penquite and Shari Davis; granddaughter of Rodger & Edna Schilling)
Jennifer Wilhelm Harbison – Graduated with an Associates of Science Degree in Business Administration from Amarillo College (wife of B. J. Harbison; daughter of Connie Lockhart and Henry & Lori Wilhelm)
Holly Kleman – Graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (daughter of Doyle & Rosie Kleman)
Brittany Hampton Roberts – Graduated with a Masters Degree of Physician Assistant Studies from Texas Tech University (daughter of Johnny & Sharon Hampton; Granddaughter of Vincent & Toby Gerber)
Clint Huseman – Graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ag-Business from West Texas A & M University (son of Darrell and Jody Huseman; grandson of Catherine Huseman)