Mr. Charles J. Abent, 83, of Avoca, passed away Thursday at the Kindred Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born in Duryea, he was a son of the late Jacob and Victoria Olenick Abent. He attended Duryea schools. He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Prior to his retirement, he was employed in the area mines.
He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 1227, Duryea.
He was an avid gardener, who had a gift for making things grow. He loved working outside in his yard, growing flowers and shrubs. He loved to sit on his swing outside and listen to music. He was a hard worker, who sacrificed his health for his family, working in the mines. In 1984, he personally accepted Christ as his savior and was baptized by emersion.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles; brothers, John and Andrew Abent and Chester, Leo and Stanley Kovalchik.
Mr. Abent is survived by his wife, the former Josephine Soy, to whom he was married on Oct. 8, 1946; daughters, Margie Tucker and her husband, Thomas, of Pittston Township; Irene Loftus and her husband, Jim, of Scranton; Christina Loftus and her husband, Robert, of Dunmore; sons, Pastor John Abent, pastor of the Faith Baptist Church, Berlin, Md., and his wife, Laurene; Mark Abent and his wife, Donna, of Cerritos, Calif.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Agnes Landry, of Canada; nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Independent Bible Church, Duryea. Interment will be in Marcy Cemetery, Duryea. Friends may call on Monday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea, and on Tuesday, from 10 to 11 a.m.