Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In Memorium: Constantine 'Gus' Comins

Constantine P. Comins, 87, of Wyomissing, passed away June 13, 2014 in the Reading Hospital, where he was a patient for 2 weeks.

He was the loving and devoted husband to Mary T. (Tabakelis) Comins who passed away June 21, 2012. They celebrated 60 years of marriage. Born on November 5, 1926 in Birdsboro, he was the son of the late Peter J. and Mary (Alexander) Comins.

Constantine was a 1944 graduate of Reading High School, Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he earned a BS in Chemistry in 1950 and Franklin Marshall in 1960, MS in Chemistry. He was a member of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, where he was former member of Parish Council. He served in the US Navy during WWII.

Mr. Comins was employed at former Western Electric as a chemical plating engineer for 36 years, retiring in 1988. Mr. Comins was involved in many organizations which included former memberships: Order of A.H.E.P.A, Masonic Order, Williamson Lodge #307, past president of the Reading Chemists Club, Director of Reading/Berks Science and Engineering Fair.

Survivors include 4 daughters: JoAnne G. (Comins), wife of Bruce Rick, Prosser, WA; Marian C. (Comins), wife of Mark Drucker, Largo, FL; Constance C. (Comins), wife of Michael Coleman, Glen Mills, PA; Jayme E. Comins, at home. There are 6 grandchildren: George Rick, Gretchen Rick, Jason Drucker, Peter Drucker, Maria Coleman, Alexis Coleman. Other survivors include brother-in-laws, John Tabakelis, husband of Ruth Tabakelis, Morgantown; Thomas J. Bell, widower of Penelope Bell (Twin sister to Mrs. Mary Comins), Wiliamson, NJ.

Services will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church: 1001 East Wyomissing Blvd. Reading, PA 19611 with Rev. Spyridon Papademetriou officiating. Family will receive friends on Thursday at the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Charles Evans Cemetery with military honors.

Bean Funeral Homes & Crematory, 3825 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Monday, June 9, 2014

2014 AHEPA Scholarship Banquet Highlights

Pictured from left to right: District Governor James Gregorakis; Supreme Governor Philip Yamalis; the 2014 scholarship award recipients: Sterg Dikos, Stephen Lambriodes and Andrew Lountzis;
Dr. George J. Giovanis, Chapter #61 President; Past District Governor #5 Gust Kraras; and Chapter Scholarship Chairman Athan Dialectos.

On June 5, 2014, the William Penn Chapter #61 hosted a Scholarship Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel ballroom recognizing the following 2014 scholarship award recipients: Stergios Dikos, Stephen Lambriodes and Andrew J. Lountzis. Each scholarship recipient received a $1,000 award and plaque recognizing their achievements. Annually, the Reading, PA, Chapter provides deserving students with the financial assistance needed to pursue their academic dreams.

These graduating high school students from the Church community have very promising futures exhibited by outstanding academic achievement performance, leadership qualities, and active involvement in school, Church and community activities. The awards banquet was attended by the following AHEPA dignitaries from Power District No. 4 and the Supreme Lodge: District Governor James Gregorakis, Executive Secretary Anthony Drakos and Supreme Governor Philip Yamalis. Each year, the scholarship banquet features a local high school show choir for the evening entertainment.