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A memorial service for Elsie M. Ferm, a former Buffalo schoolteacher and longtime university professor, will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday in Lancaster Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Ferm, a Sugar Land, Texas, resident who was in her 70s, died Thursday (Dec. 27, 1990) in a Texas hospital after a long illness.

A Buffalo native, she graduated from Bennett High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education from Buffalo State College. She later earned a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh.

Dr. Ferm taught at School 65 on Skillen Street, then at Buffalo State College. After moving from Buffalo, she taught at the university level in Pennsylvania, California, Wisconsin and Texas.

Survivors include her husband, Gordon T. of Sugar Land; two sons, Gordon T. II of Lancaster and Lawrence R. of Sugar Land; a daughter, Linda J. of New York City; two sisters, Anne M. Caudell of Kenmore and Kathryne Michaels of East Aurora; two brothers, John J. Michaels of Kent, Ohio, and Nicholas R. Michaels of Rochester, and two grandsons.

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