Ernest Ernie Nick Orphanos

June 11, 1947July 23, 2012

Ernest "Ernie" Nick Orphanos, 65, of Lower Heidelberg, passed away at home on Monday, July 23, 2012 with his family by his side.

Ernie was born on June 11, 1947 in Reading, a son of Nick A. Orphanos of Durham, NC and the late Irene (Zaferes) Orphanos. He attended Reading area schools and graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Ernie was last employed at Berkshire Mechanical, a division of UGIHVAC Enterprises. Before that, he was the former owner of Allied Trades Inc.

Ernie was a member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and was very active with the church. He was a co-founder and chairman of the Summer Golf Tournament with the church, served on the church board as the Secretary, the Athletic Director of AHEPA William Penn Ch. 61, the GOYA adviser and the basketball coach, and was very active with the Annual Greek Food Bazaar.

Ernie was known for cracking jokes and laughing. He enjoyed golfing and playing poker with his card club of which he was member for 35 years. He also enjoyed woodworking and making furniture for his family.

His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandsons. Family meant everything to him.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Patricia L. (Steffa) of Lower Heidelberg; a daughter, Anastasia M. (Orphanos) Noll and her husband John L., Jr. of Shillington; a son, Nicholas P. Orphanos and his wife, Mary of Medford, NJ; and three grandsons, John Christopher, Anthony John, and Patrick Anastasios.

Also surviving are two sisters, Frances Franks and Kathleen G. Elliot, and her husband, Gary; a brother, Nicholas J. Orphanos and his wife, Cynthia all of Durham, NC and many cousins and nieces.

All are invited for the funeral service which will be held for Ernie at 11:00am on Friday, July 27, 2012 at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 East Wyomissing Blvd., Reading. Family and friends will be received on Thursday from 6 to 8pm with Trisagion prayers being said at 7pm at Theo C. Auman, 247 Penn St., Reading and Friday from 10 to 11:00am at the church. Burial will follow services in Charles Evan Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ernie's name to the AHEPA William Penn Chapter 61 Scholarship Fund, 26 Lancaster Ave., Reading, PA 19607.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Theo C. Auman Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 26, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, July 27, 2012
  • Fuernal Service Friday, July 27, 2012

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Rick Kolb

July 30, 2012

While my name is not familiar I have worked over the years with Sr,Jr and Nick.Always a smile and I will remember all the times Ernie told me it will not work the way I thought.A good friend and he will be sadly missed.He is with God now no better place to be after a good life even when cut short.My deepest sympothy.Rick

Linda (DD) Davis

July 28, 2012

It is with sad heart that I morn the passing of an old friend, Ernie Orphanous. I met Ernie and his then to be wife, Patti, in September 1966 at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. As young friends, we had some really crazy and wonderful times. We lovingly used to call him "The Grecian Ern" . All who knew him considered him to be the best of the best. Too Soon Ernie, too soon. We will miss you terribly but know that we WILL meet again.

July 28, 2012

To the Orphanos families, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at the lost of a Husband,Father, Brother, and Uncle..

Dick and Peggy Uliasz

Becky Willman

July 28, 2012

Patty and family, we are sorry for your loss. Ernie was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

Becky, Dean, Brandon & Briahna

Cherie Hatley

July 27, 2012

To the Orphanos Families,

I only had the pleasure of meeting Ernie twice, but both times he was warm and smiling, pleasant and engaging. If he was able to leave that affect on me in passing, then I know the memories he leaves with each of you will be even more comforting. Please find peace in the fact that Earnie is no longer suffering and that he sits with our lord... smiling. We will all meet again someday.

Much Love and Prayer,

Bill Murray

July 27, 2012

Nick and Family, the Murrays would like to offer our condolences for the loss of your Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dionysia Petrakis

July 26, 2012

Aunt Patty, Staci, Nick, and Family ~ Uncle Ernie was warm-hearted, funny, and kind, and I will very much miss him. Thoughts and prayers... Love, Nysia xoxoxo

July 26, 2012

Pat, Stacie and family, I was so sorry to hear that Ernie had passed away. I so enjoyed our time together when planning Stacie and John's wedding. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Deepest Sympathy Leslie Giardiello

Gary Elliot

July 25, 2012

Eternal peace.

Doug & Sandy Kring

July 25, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to Stacey ,John & family. So sorry for your loss. Ernie is now in the arms of Jesus and free of pain. Love to all. ( Duane's parents)