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Elva Mae Mark, 73, of the Town of Tonawanda, an organist, choir singer and music teacher, died Saturday (Sept. 4, 1999) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. She lived in the McAuley Residence since suffering a stroke in 1995.

Born Elva Mae Wakefield in Highland Park, Mich., she grew up in Clawson and Bad Axe, Mich., where she played clarinet in the high school marching band.

She received a bachelor's degree in music education from Illinois Wesleyan University and was initiated into Delta Omicron, the national professional music sorority. She earned her master of music degree in organ from the University of Michigan.

She taught music at schools in the Detroit area for several years, sang in church choir and taught at the National Music Summer Camp in Interlochen, Mich. She sang with the Rackham Symphony Choir in the Detroit area in 1957-58.

After moving to the Buffalo area in 1963, she taught music in the Orchard Park schools for a year and was organist at St. Stephen's United Church of Christ in the mid-1960s. She also gave private lessons.

She joined the Church of the Nativity United Church of Christ in 1969 and was a longtime choir member and substitute organist there.

Surviving is a daughter, Laurel Dana of the Town of Tonawanda.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in Church of the Nativity United Church of Christ, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.


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