Barbara D. Kersten

December 15, 1948January 18, 2019

Barbara D. Kersten, 70, of Worcester, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019 at St. Peters Hospital in Albany.

She was born on December 15, 1948 in Manhattan, the daughter of John S. and Mary (Henchel) Bliven.

Barb owned and operated Lothlorien Goldens for over 30 years. She was dedicated to breeding, showing and training Golden Retrievers, having shown numerous Champions & obedience titled dogs in both the US and Canada.

She enjoyed playing the guitar and scuba diving when she was able.

Barb is survived by her son, Aaron Laskowski of Bellport, NY; her brother, Peter S. Bliven of Laurel Hollow, NY; and her brother, John S. Bliven, Jr. of St. Simons Island, Georgia.

She was predeceased by her parents.

Friends are invited to greet the family on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 1 – 2 pm at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta, where a Funeral Service will take place immediately following at 2 pm.

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Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Calling Hours Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 26, 2019

Barbara D. Kersten

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Michelle Blumenthal

February 16, 2019

We are all so saddened to hear of Barbara’s passing. We have had many and still have one of her magnificent Golden’s. She was a knowledgeable and wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

The Blumenthal’s

Karen Munno

January 25, 2019

Our hearts and prayers go out to you, Aaron and family. May your Mom's smile live on in your memory forever. Rest in peace Barbara.

Joanne Feldstein

January 23, 2019

Barbara was my "pool buddy" at aqua aerobics. She was always a breath of sunshine. I can still hear her talk about her "surprise" trip to Vegas and the Grand Canyon...and the love she had for her son. Her positive attitude, in spite of many challenges, was always inspirational. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Jackie Berlant

January 23, 2019

It is with such sadness that I learned of Barbara’s illness and death. She was smart, had so many hobbies, was always busy and so happy to retire and spend more time enjoying the things she loved.

She was a great cook and baker And most of all, she loved Aaron.

She will be missed. Jackie

Rick Ellison

January 22, 2019

Our sincere condolences to you and your family, Aaron.
From me and my family.
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Nick Zito

January 22, 2019

So sorry for your loss, we will keep you in prayer - Nick & Marietta Zito