NHS Inducts Nine
National Honor Society inducted nine sophomores Thursday, and there were fourteen returning members. The evening began with a meal catered by Veronica Rodriguez. The induction began when the officers recited short paragraphs about the club as they lit candles to represent what NHS requires. The officers are seniors: Mason Kleman, Kaden Hatla, Kade Kleman, and Payton Robb. National Honor Society sponsor, Dana Stanfield, called out the names of the current members preceding the new members. Each member lit and held a candle as their name was called to represent their membership.
Both the Swifts and Swiftettes started out the district season with wins. The Swiftettes played their first district game against Kress and beat the Kangaroos 93-17. Tuesday, the Swifts also won their first district game 60-15 against Amherst. The Swiftettes also beat Amherst 88-15. Because Amherst does not have a JV team, the JV boys played but lost to Valley 34-51. Kress, Amherst, Springlake-Earth, Hart, and Lazbuddie are Nazareth’s district competitors this year. The Swifts and Swiftettes will play Springlake-Earth starting with the junior varsity girls at 4:00 Friday in Springlake-Earth.
Stock show kids prepare to show pigs, steers, lambs, goats, and heifers at the Nazareth and County stock show this week. The Nazareth Stock Show will be Wednesday starting at 5:00, and the County Stock Show will be Thursday and Friday. The sale will be Saturday. Both stock shows will be at the Expo building in Dimmitt. Goats, lambs, heifers, and steers will be shown Thursday, and pigs will be shown Friday by students aged nine through eighteen. “I usually work year-round with steers, so I hope I do well this week,” Amanda Kleman said.
NEW HEAVENLY HOME FOR BERNICE VENHAUS HOELTING
Even though she moved recently to her new home built in Nazareth last year, now Bernice Hoelting has her great and most radiant home created by God for her in heaven. She entered this new eternal home on Friday, January 9, with all her family sending her lovingly and prayerfully with the angels.
Thanksgiving for her life and love will be offered at a memorial service held at 2:00 pm Monday, January 19, 2015 in Tulia Christian Fellowship Church, following cremation and burial at Holy Family Cemetery in Nazareth, right beside her late husband, Richard, whom she had so lovingly cared for most of her life.
Bernice was born on May 12, 1943 in Canyon, Texas to Albert and Marie Venhaus. She grew up in Happy and graduated from Happy High School. She married Richard “Dickey” Hoelting on October 4, 1960. After their marriage they lived in Nazareth where Bernice was a stay at home mom and a caregiver to her children and husband. She was a member of the Nazareth Holy Family Catholic Church where she enjoyed membership with her Nazareth friends in the Christian Mothers Society and the church choir. In 1989 she also started attending Tulia Christian Fellowship Church in Tulia. Her husband passed away on December 28, 2010.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister: Norma Huseman and two brothers: Vincent Venhaus and Cecil Venhaus.
She is survived by her children: Stanley Bo Hoelting of Nazareth, Becky Samford and husband Chris of Nazareth, Brenda Rodriguez and husband Alex of Flower Mound, Curtis Hoelting and wife Tracy of Amarillo, Brad Hoelting and wife Norma of Nazareth, Ryan Hoelting of Lubbock and Mindy Hoelting of Amarillo; two sisters and two brothers: Lloyd Venhaus of Amarillo, Irene Huseman of Nazareth, Clyde Venhaus of Canyon and Joyce Wethington of Dumas; seven grandchildren: Ross Chehayeb, Micah Rodriguez, Saundra Hoelting, Logan Samford, Madison Samford, Seth Hoelting and Makinzee Hoelting and one great granddaughter: Baby Girl Chehayeb.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to: American Cancer Society at 3915 Bell Street
Amarillo, TX, 79106; or West Texas Alzheimer Assoc, http://www.alz.org/westtexas/in_my_community_donate.asp
HAPPY FARMER AND PRIEST LOVED HIS WORK
Monsignor Mario Stortz, 91, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 and funeral Mass was in his own parish church of the Holy Name of Jesus in Happy with Bishop Patrick Zurek and the priests of the Diocese officiating. Burial was in Happy Cemetery.
Mario Stortz was born Jan. 25, 1923, in Issime, Aosta, Italy, the last of seven children born to Giuseppe and Goyet Maria Stortz. He emigrated to the United States in 1938, where he attended college in Newton, N.J., until 1942 and studied at seminaries in Newton from 1945 to 1948.
Monsignor Stortz was ordained to the priesthood on July 3, 1949, in Turin, Italy, for the Salesians of St. John Bosco. After his ordination, he taught boys farming in Italy until the Order discontinued this work. Monsignor Stortz came to the United States under the sponsorship of then-Bishop Lawrence M. DeFalco in 1965, with the intention of finding a place where he could combine his priestly ministry with farming. He entered the Diocese of Amarillo on Sept. 10, 1965, and was incardinated into the diocese on Feb. 10, 1972. Monsignor Stortz served as pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Happy from Sept. 13, 1965 to Jan. 5, 1984.
Survivor includes a nephew, Paolo Trompetto of Ivera, Italy.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Holy Name of Jesus Church, P.O. Box 128, Happy, TX 79042.
The American Legion Pool Tournament is scheduled for January 22 thru 25. The Calcutta will be held on Sunday, January 18. Call Art Brockman 647-6681 to enter.
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