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A memorial service for Stella V. Carlson of Elma, a retired legal secretary and state employee, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in East Aurora Christian Church, Main and Grove streets.

Mrs. Carlson died Nov. 24, 2002, in Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg, after a monthlong illness. She was 90.

An energetic woman who worked until she was 85, Mrs. Carlson went on a tour by train across Canada this summer to celebrate her 90th birthday. She enjoyed traveling, but her favorite place was Friends Lake in the Adirondacks, where she vacationed each summer for 15 years.

Born Stella E. Verwiebe in Buffalo, she was a daughter of the Rev. Francis C. Verwiebe, pastor of Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church on Goodyear Avenue. She graduated from Fosdick-Masten High School and in the 1940s moved to Albany with her husband, Carl A. He died in 1962.

Mrs. Carlson worked as a legal secretary until age 65. She then worked for more than a decade for the state Education Department until 1998, when she retired to Elma.

An avid reader and learner, Mrs. Carlson enjoyed histories and biographies, as well as crossword puzzles and TV game shows and news specials. For the past year she had studied the Bible in classes at East Aurora Presbyterian Church and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elma.

She attended East Aurora Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Karin Brady of Elma and Sally C. Knox of San Francisco; a stepson, Nick Carlson of San Francisco; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.