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Monday, December 4, 2017

In Memorium: Frank T. Petrakis

Frank T. Petrakis passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, in the Mifflin Center, Reading. His loving family was by his side. Born in Reading on February 16, 1935, Frank was the son of Stephen and Georgia (Patsourakos) Petrakis.
He was educated in the Reading schools and served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, during the Korean Conflict.
Frank forged a successful career in residential and commercial construction and was the proud owner/operator of Construction Management Inc., for more than 20 years.
Frank was a lifelong member of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, where he served for decades on the Parish Council. A constant presence in the church, Frank contributed countless hours to the operation of the church and its facilities. Anticipating and executing any task that was required, Frank worked behind the scenes with tireless dedication to ensure the integrity of the church and its events.
He was a longtime member of the Gust C. Kraras AHEPA Chapter No. 61 in Reading, having been inititated into the Order of AHEPA in 1975.
A great fan of classical music, Frank was also a longtime follower and supporter of the Reading Symphony Orchestra.
He will be greatly missed by his family, his friends and his entire church community.
Frank is survived by his son, Stephen A. Petrakis, husband of Ann, and granddaughter, Samantha, the "light of his life." Also, sister, Mary, wife of Stavros Flamporis, of Cherry Hill, N.J., and nieces, Georgia and Athena Flamporis. In addition, Frank leaves behind devoted friend and mother of his children, Victoria Petrakis; faithful cousin, Spiro Apostolou, as well as an extended family of cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents, Frank is predeceased by his beloved son, Michael, with whom he is now reunited.
Family and friends may extend their sympathy and respect on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until 12 noon at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611.
The funeral service will begin at 12 noon, followed by burial at Charles Evans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, or to the Reading Symphony Orchestra.
Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

AHEPAN George Zeppos Honored with Rising Star Award by Greater Reading Chamber

George Zeppos is pictured second from the right. Photo by Ben Hasty/Reading Eagle
 George Zeppos, a prominent Berks County restaurateur, and a member of the Reading AHEPA Chapter, was recently recognized by the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance with its Rising Star award, given out each year to business leaders under the age of 45.

Check out the article in the Reading Eagle:

5 receive Chamber's Rising Star award | Reading Eagle - MONEY: They are honored during a banquet at the Berks Country Club.

Greater Reading Chamber Honors AHEPAN Jason Hornberger with Rising Star Award

Jason Hornberger is pictured second from the left. Photo by Ben Hasty/Reading Eagle
Jason Hornberger, a business banker with M&T Bank, and a member of the Reading AHEPA Chapter, was recently recognized by the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance with its Rising Star award, given out each year to business leaders under the age of 45.

Check out the article in the Reading Eagle:

5 receive Chamber's Rising Star award | Reading Eagle - MONEY: They are honored during a banquet at the Berks Country Club.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

AHEPA Members Volunteer at Greek Food Bazaar












All members of the Gust C. Kraras AHEPA Chapter No. 61 are asked to volunteer this coming weekend (Oct. 20-21-22, 2017) at the 47th Annual Greek Food Bazaar at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Reading, Pa. As you can see from these photos, many chapter members have been working hard in preparation for the annual church fundraiser. Help is needed throughout the weekend festival.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

AHEPAN Gust C. Kraras featured in the Reading Eagle

Our very own Gust Kraras was the subject of a recent article in the Reading Eagle:
Greece native served the U.S. there during World War II | Reading Eagle - NEWS: Reading man shares his experiences last week at the Berks History Center in Reading.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Photo Highlights From 2017 AHEPA Golf Classic



































8TH ANNUAL AHEPA SCHOLARSHIP GOLF CLASSIC A HUGE SUCCESS

READING AHEPA SCHOLARSHIP GOLF CLASSIC

The 8th Annual Ernie Orphanos Memorial Golf Classic was held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, concluding another highly successful year for the Reading AHEPA chapter. In addition to the 96 golf participants, 32 individual and business sponsors helped bring in $13,000 in revenue, resulting in a net profit of $7,235 for this year’s tournament. Approximately 130 people attended this event, including a day of golf followed by a family pig roast. The proceeds from this annual event provide scholarships for our Berks County youth to continue their education following high school graduation. These young men and women have gone on to successful academic and professional careers that give back to our same community that supported them with these AHEPA scholarships.

Previous Chapter #61 Scholarship Award Recipients

  • 2011 – Jonathan Thompson and Evangelia Shunk
  • 2012 – Alexandra Dikos, Grayson S. Helm and Maria Phyrillas
  • 2013 – Olivia Damore and Bern Donahue
  • 2014 – Stergios Dikos, Stephen Lambriodes and Andrew J. Lountzis
  • 2015 – Jessica Craciun, Stavanna C. Donahue and Anastasis S. Phyrillas
  • 2016 – Michelle Craciun, Jocelyn Dialectos, Alexander Lountzis and James Phyrillas
  • 2017 – Guerino D. Caloiero, Nicholas Lecatsas, Alexander Midouhas and Chrisovalantis A. Siozos


James Phyrillas receives National AHEPA Scholarship


James Phyrillas is the recipient of a 2017 AHEPA National Scholarship. James was awarded the Nicholas Kounaris Scholarship by the AHEPA Education Foundation. 

The award recognizes students of Greek descent who have achieved academic, social and athletic excellence.

The son of Tony and Soula Phyrillas, James has the distinction of receiving AHEPA scholarship awards at the Chapter, District and National levels. 

He is a sophomore at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he is majoring in Economics with a minor in Communications.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

In Memorium: Stanley Theodossiou

Stanley J. Theodossiou, 89, of Mt. Penn, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 6th, 2017 in his home. He was the loving husband of Marianthi (Palaiopanis) Theodossiou. Born in Port Said, Egypt, he was a son of the late John and Catherine (Chrysoghelos) Theodossiou.
Stanley was a longtime member of the Reading AHEPA chapter and was a past president of the chapter. He was initiated into the Order of AHEPA in 1975 and was an active member into the mid-1990s.
Stanley was a faithful member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Reading.
He is survived by one son, John S., husband of Samantha, of Lower Alsace, one daughter, Irene, wife of Leo Marcantonis, of Exeter. Stanley is also survived by his grandchildren: Bobby, Marianthi and Stanley.
Stanley was predeceased by his brother, Jerry Theodossiou.
Visitation with family and friends will be held on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with services beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611.
Interment in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sts.Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church at the above address.
Lutz Funeral Home, Inc., Mount Penn, in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.LutzFuneralHome.com.