December 14, 2016~Year 9, No. 19

Life Legacy

picture1  Fred Ball, 79, of Nazareth, Texas passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in Dimmitt, Texas.  Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday at 11:00AM in Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Ken Keller and Deacon Bob Birkenfeld officiating.  The burial followed in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home of Dimmitt.  A Rosary was recited on Thursday with Vigil services following in Holy Family Catholic Church.

Fred Ball was born on October 15, 1937 in Nazareth, Texas to Leo Ball and Josephine (Gerber) Ball.  Fred grew up and attended school in Nazareth while being a lifelong resident of Nazareth.  In 1957 Fred enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1963.  He held various jobs while in Nazareth but will be best remembered as driving the countryside and overlooking cattle for different farmers and ranchers throughout Castro County.  Fred enjoyed watching baseball and western movies but truly loved watching and attending ball games of Nazareth Swifts and Swiftettes.

Fred is survived by 2 sisters, Mary Kleman and husband Carl of Nazareth, Texas and Esther Braddock of McKinney, Texas, sister-in-law, Evelyn Ball of Plainview, Texas, 14 nephews, 4 nieces and a host of cousins.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Josephine Ball, 2 brothers, Urban Ball and James Ball, brother-in-law, Vernon Braddock, nephew, Jim Schmucker, and a great nephew, Shane Kleman.




Castro County 4-H members competed Saturday December 10 in Consumer Decision Making and Beef Quiz Bowl. The Senior Level team in both contests consisted of Chandler Schulte, Sara Wall of Dimmitt, and Molly Johnson.          The three placed 2nd in beef quiz bowl, advancing to the State 4-H Roundup competition in June. Sara Wall also placed 3rd overall individual in Consumer Decision Making which advances her to state in that contest also.




Congratulations to Emma Kleman for her success at the Wheeler jackpot on Saturday, December 10. Emma won reserve grand lamb and reserve breed champion Southdown breed fine wool cross.



Sunday, December 11, over 150 members of the community and surrounding areas participated in the Holy Family Youth Group’s tour of homes fundraiser.

The tour began at the Home Mercantile Building. Participants first purchased their tickets and then received the list of houses on the tour as well as directions to get to each stop.

Wassail and hot chocolate drinks were served by youth group members, and local arts and crafts booths were selling Christmas decorations and other items.

Homes on the tour consisted of Troy Ramaekers and Shelby Allen, Brian and Reggy Ramaekers, Jordy and Maegan Rowland, Eric and Mandy Schilling, Scott and Kara Dyer, Jeremy and Karely Acker, and Dusty and Tara Braddock.

“Thank you to everyone that came out to support the Youth Group’s Tour of Homes! We especially want to thank those that put their beautiful homes on the tour. We are so grateful they opened up their homes for us. We had a great turnout, and we are truly blessed to live in such a supportive community!”     -Allison Kleman, youth group director



The newly elected members for the Holy Family Parish Council are Stacy Gerber, Kit Schulte, Leon Birkenfeld, and Mark A Kleman, and they will serve for the next three years.

A big thank you goes to those who served the past three years and are going off the board: Crystal Backus, Dwight Acker, Scott Huseman, and Harold Venhaus.




Summer Internship Opportunity

Since 2008, more than a dozen teenagers from Nazareth have participated in a Community Internship, carrying out projects and tasks that help our village.  These interns also gained valuable work experience, professional skills development, network building, and career exploration—in addition to receiving a stipend of $1,800 ($2,100 for college students).  Currently, Abby Schmucker is working through her second Community Internship, which will be completed in May 2017.

Holy Family Church and other community partners are seeking internship applicants for the coming summer, who will participate in a structured program conducted by Ogallala Commons (  Anyone who is 16-years old with a driver’s license, is motivated and possesses strong work habits and time management skills, and can complete 200 hours of project work during a 3-month timeframe (May 23-Aug. 18), is encouraged to contact Darryl Birkenfeld (945-2255 or in order to obtain an application.  If there are suitable candidates, more than one Community Intern may be selected.  The application period will close January 15th.


Future of Nazareth Foundation

Our challenge grant is still going. If you would like to help the entire community, we are trying to match the $20,000 pledge that our business community in this area has already done.  You can click on our Facebook page or contact any of the people on our committee to give donations of any size. You can also pledge a certain amount that can be paid monthly or whenever you want until the end of next year.

If we can match the $20,000 we will be able again to give grants to any organization that needs help to improve the Nazareth community.  All the donations are tax deductible. For more information contact –Marcus Brockman,  Sandy Farris,  Teresa Wethington, Debbie King, Jordy Rowland, Bradley Gerber, Felice Acker and Ralph Brockman.


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