Kersten, Barbara J., Saginaw, Michigan


Beloved mother and grandmother passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the Cartwright Hospice Residence. Age 90 years. The daughter of the late John and Wanda (Wojda) Friske, Barbara was born March 9, 1921 in Saginaw, Michigan. She married Kenneth Kersten on April 27, 1947. He predeceased her July 15, 2001. Barbara was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She enjoyed going to the casino and spending time with her family. Surviving are three daughters and their spouses, Sally and Ron Brewer, Kawkawlin; Jackie and James Kiley, Saginaw; Cindy Kersten and Bob Schell, Saginaw; two grandchildren, Amanda Brewer and Andrew Havercroft; Barbara’s brothers and sisters, Claude Friske, Dave Friske, Leonard and Mary Ann Friske, William and Mary Friske, Ernie and Germaine Friske, Louis and Pam Friske, Rita and Leon Dubay, Dolores and Bill Gardyszewski, Pat and Tony Gronski, Lucy Beyer; a brother-in-law, Curly Haskin; many nieces and nephews. Barbara was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy O’Polka, and by a sister, Lorraine Haskin, a brother, Raymond Friske. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Thomas McNamara will officiate with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Sunday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. and at Holy Family Catholic Church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Service, led by Deacon Roger Pasionek, will take place at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Holy Family Catholic Church. www.snowfuneralhome.net