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IN MEMORIAM:  Barbara D. Kersten, 70;

Trained Golden Retrievers In Worcester

Barbara Kersten

WORCESTER – Barbara D. Kersten, 70, of Worcester, who trained champion golden retrievers here for three decades, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

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

Barbara owned and operated Lothlorien Goldens for more than 30 years. She was dedicated to breeding, showing and training Golden Retrievers, having shown numerous champions and obedience titles dogs in both the U.S. and Canada.

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

Barbara is survived by her son, Aaron Laskowski of Bellport; brothers, Peter S. Bliven of Laurel Hollow, and John S. Bliven Jr. of St. Simons Island, Ga.

She was predeceased by her parents.

Friends are invited to greet the family on from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, where a funeral service will immediately follow at 2 pm.

To send online condolences, visit

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


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