April 29th~Year 7, No 16

State Qualifiers


                  Along with basketball, Nazareth high school has qualified for state in two other events: tennis and UIL. The track team will compete at Regional on Friday, May 1. Baseball will compete in their first play-off game either May 7, 8, or 9. The date is not decided yet. On April 20 and 21, 13 tennis players competed at Regional. Seven of those 13 qualified for state. The top two advance. Sophomore Allie Schulte & junior Deborah Van Dijk placed 1st, senior Trey Waldo & junior Troy Gerber placed 2nd, senior Taylor Damron & senior Cole Kleman placed 2nd, and freshman Slade Gerber placed 2nd. These seven will compete at state May 12 and 13 in College Station. High school students competed at Regional UIL Friday, May 24, and four advanced to state. Senior Payton Robb placed 2nd in feature writing, senior Taylor Damron placed 3rd in feature writing, Paige Gerber placed 2nd in headlines, and Katherine Fulkerson placed 2nd in spelling & vocabulary. These four will compete at state in Austin. Track runners will compete at Regional this Friday.

Art and Music Evening A Success      music recital 1

A hundred avid fans of the NISD art students and Community Music students gathered to enjoy an Evening of Art and Music on Sunday, April 26th, at the Home Merc.

Art student paintings in the silent auction were offered to raise funds for a student field trip to the Oklahoma City Art Museum and varied in subject matter from the playfully abstract to variations on inviting word phrases.

Students of Carolyn Evers and Lydia Schacher presented musical pieces on piano and guitar ranging from beginning students to more advanced.  Both spritely folk tunes as well as inspiring religious classics had the audience foot taping and singing along.

Home Merc Educates & Installs New Officers


2015 Home Merc Board of Directors (l-r): Mary Ruth Verkamp, Kay Venhaus, Kyle & Kate Birkenfeld, Toni & Glen Waldo, and Clint Hoelting, Not pictured: Harold Venhaus and Vicky Borchardt

On April 23rd, Home Mercantile, Inc., held an Orientation of new Board of Directors and an Election of Officers.  New members began by sharing their reasons for accepting the invitation to serve on this Board.  Next, there was an overview of the mission, history and renovations at the Home Mercantile, as well as main responsibilities of the board members, and a review of past programs.

The new members spent several minutes brainstorming ideas for upcoming programs, such as: cooking demonstrations, Painting-with-a-Twist program, children art shows, and melodramas

The Board will also conduct a community survey of the community to see what activities would be of interest.  The Orientation closed with an Election of new officers for 2015-2016:Glen Waldow, President, Vicky Borchardt, Secretary, and Kate Birkenfeld, Treasurer.

The Home Mercantile, located at the corner of Leo & Second Streets in downtown Nazareth, is a nonprofit community center for education, social gathering, and creative arts.  For more information, contact Darryl Birkenfeld at 806-945-2255.



Margaret Brockman

People throughout the county and in the Diocese of Amarillo know well Deacon and Mrs. Jerome Brockman since they lovingly ministered for more than three decades in their home town of Nazareth and in neighboring parish churches.  Sadness, and yet great peace, surrounded the death of Margaret Ann Brockman, 84, who had been ill for the last few years and most recently was a resident at Castro County Nursing Home.  She passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015 surrounded by her devoted husband, Jerome, and her family.

Margaret Ann was born March 29, 1931 near Nazareth to Louie and Elma Schacher. She married Jerome Brockman on April 24, 1950 in Nazareth, and was a dedicated homemaker and mother. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and needlework, painting and crafts. Ever busy helping on the farm such as being a harvest truck driver, she faithfully followed  her children’s school and extra-curricular activities, as well as helped with community and church activities. She was involved in Christian Mothers, German Sausage Festival, and Christmas Pageant. Margaret Ann managed the Holy Family Gift Shop for over 20 years. She spent two summers working with teenagers at the school in painting.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Deacon Jerome Brockman of Nazareth; sons, Jim and his wife Kathleen of Hereford; Joe and his wife Margie, of Bulverde; Paul of Canyon; and Ken and his wife Mary of Mesa, AZ; and daughters Geri Russell and her husband Ron of Canyon; Kathy Yarbrough and her husband Calvin of Fredericksburg; and Teresa Sewell and her husband Kelly of Midland; a sister Elsie Schilling and her husband Ronnie of Slaton; along with 18 grandchildren: Robert, Libby (Brockman) Matthews, Chris and Brian Brockman; Kyle, Tyson and Matthew Russell; Amy (Yarbrough) Mullins and Chad Yarbrough; Ryan, Cavan and Tyler Brockman; Natalie and Kate Brockman; and Evan, Ian, Oran and Upton Sewell. She also has  8 great grandchildren, Garrett, Connor, Maddox Russell; Mick Russell; Ava Mullins; Silas Smith; Andrew and Colin Matthews, and 50 nieces and nephews.She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother Michael Schacher.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials can be made to the Castro County Nursing and Rehab to the resident activity department, 1621 Butler Blvd., Dimmitt, Texas 79027

Mass of the Resurrection and burial was celebrated Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Nazareth.

Former Nazareth Mother and Wife Mourned

Charlotte Acker Middleton. jpg

Charlotte LaRue Acker Middleton, 72, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015.  She was born September 23, 1942, in Whiteflat to Jasper and Virginia Morris. She grew up in Bovina, Texas and worked as a licensed cosmetologist. She married Fred Acker November 19, 1961, and they lived in Nazareth, where they raised their family. He passed away February 10, 1987.

She worked for C.R. Anthony Co. in Dimmitt and later as a receptionist for Dr. B.H. Lee until retirement. She married Bob Middleton in 1994 and they lived in Vega for the last 21 years. She loved to sew and quilt, and enjoyed being a part of a quilting group. She also loved cooking, baking and gardening.

She is survived by her husband; four children and spouses, Dwayne Acker and his wife Anne of Nazareth, Larry Acker of Lubbock, Rex Acker and his wife Michelle of Prosper and Sheila Nicholson and Jeff Shaffer of Glen Rose; two stepchildren and their spouses, Ross Middleton and his wife Susie and Jim Atwood and his wife Kathy; one brother Delbert Morris and his wife Tish; two sisters, Bonnie Scaff and Krita Potts and her husband Jay of Friona; 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Don Morris; and a great grandson Luke Matthew Hittson.  The family requests that Memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105

Funeral Mass of The Resurrection was celebrated Saturday, April 25, at the Holy Family Catholic Church followed by burial in the Nazareth Cemetery.

Attn:  Seniors of 2015


Nazareth Education Foundation

Scholarship Information


The Nazareth Education Foundation has up to $1,000 to award in scholarships to this year’s graduating Senior Class!!


Each applicant must submit a 300-400 word essay, detailing any contributions you have made to Nazareth ISD, as well as explaining why you need and/or deserve a scholarship from the Education Foundation.  Be sure to include your name and contact information on the essay.


All essays must be postmarked by May 8, 2015 and mailed to:


Gwen Schmucker, Education Foundation Pres.

PO Box 8      Nazareth, TX  79063

The Education Foundation committee will determine

any and all scholarship winners.

Winners will be notified no later than May 29, 2015

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