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Gust Kraras, Between Two Communities

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Gust Kraras has lived a life as a dedicated member and psalti of two Greek Orthodox communities, St. Demetrios in Wildwood, NJ, and St. Constantine and Helen in Reading, PA.

Born in the mountains of Nafpaktos, Greece, his journey to becoming an American citizen starts with a twist. In 1938 he left his secluded village in Nafpaktos Greece for America to join his father. Just five years later at the age of 24, he found himself in WWII fighting for America against the Germans in Epirus Greece.

An active member of the AHEPA he is well known for hosting the famed Ahepa summer weekends in Wildwood New Jersey for some 30 years. Today, at the age of 94, he still goes to the office daily and spends much of his time on projects that preserve the history of his churches.