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Stephen Kent

January 8, 1928 — July 12, 2020

Stephen Kent, age 92, San Marcos, CA, formerly of 11319 State Highway Rt 61, Mount Carmel, PA, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020, at Palomar Hospital in Escondido, CA.

Born January 8, 1928, in Centralia, PA, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Mary (Petorak) Krynitsky. On February 19, 1955 in the Assumption of the Blessed Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church he married Mildred (Zukowski) Kent, who preceded him in death.

He was a 1946 graduate of Hubert Eicher High School Centralia, PA. He pursued a major league baseball dream by playing on various baseball teams including the AAA equivalent Phillies, as a pitcher. An eye injury ended his baseball career. He returned to Centralia and he and his brothers Nicholas, Charles, and John opened Lady Hope Dress Company first in Centralia, then Mount Carmel and lastly in Kulpmont, PA. They manufactured high end women’s clothing for New York City designers for 40 years. He was a partner in three New York City designer firms, Elvia Gobbo, Inc., Cameron & Roberts, Inc., and Pacific Shores, Inc. In addition, he also started Kar-Mel Cable TV Company, Harriman Coal Company, Fabulous Fabrics, and helped establish Oregon Hill Ski School. Stephen was also on the board of directors for Liberty State Bank.

Stephen was a proud husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, and uncle, as well as a successful businessman. He was an outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, hiking, and all sports, especially skiing. Stephen enjoyed traveling with his family to Canada and all over the United States. He loved the ski trips out west, as well as the beach and fishing trips on the east coast and in Canada. Stephen was a member of SS Peter & Paul Ukrainian Church and loved supporting his MCA high school teams and band as a booster. Stephen was a die-hard fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, and Penn State Nittany Lions. Stephen was a great friend and mentor to many.

Stephen is survived by two sons, Dr. Gregory Kent and his wife Kimberly of Eagle, ID, Barry Kent and his wife Tatiana of San Marcos, CA, three daughters, Tina Kent-Wywadis of Stephenson, VA, Francine Kent of Santa Monica, CA, and Cheryl Kent and DP Chief Nieto of Monterey, CA; ten grandchildren, Tanya Wywadis, Kristin Yates, Jaime Wywadis, Jesse Wywadis, Danielle Kent, Alexander Kent, Harrison Kent, Olivia Kent, Sasha Kent and Brooke Kent; ten great-grandchildren, one sister, Helen Whyne, Mount Carmel, PA, two sisters-in-law Cecilia Zukowski of Trenton, NJ, and Merle Kent of Mount Carmel, PA, as well as three brothers, George Krynitsky of Barboursville, VA, Nicholas Kent of Mount Carmel, PA, and Peter Krynitsky of Mount Carmel, PA, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife Mildred (Zukowski) Kent, two sisters, Mildred Potochney and Ann Machonis, four brothers, Joseph Krynitsky, Charles Kent, John Kent, and Michael Zublick.

Divine Liturgy will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:00 am in SS Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Mount Carmel with the Very Reverend Archpriest Michael Hutsko, officiating. Interment will follow in the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Centralia. A viewing will be held on Friday morning from 9:00 am until 10:45 am in the Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home, 40 South Market Street, Mount Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz, III Supervisor. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in his name to the Mildred Kent Scholarship Fund, c/o MCAEF 600 W. Fifth Street, Mount Carmel PA 17851; SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 131 N. Beech Street, Mount Carmel PA 17851; Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203-1606 or Wildlife for Everyone, 341 Science Park Rd., Suite 103, State College, PA 16803-2287, (814) 238-8138 info@wildlifeforeveryone.org.

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