Thelma M. Martel, 86
Shrewsbury - Thelma M. (Puls) Martel, of Shrewsbury, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 at home, under the comfortable care of hospice while holding the loving hand of her husband of 62 years and in the company of her family. She was 86.
She was born Aug. 15, 1927 in Webster, the youngest child of Charles and Flora (Cyr) Puls. She graduated from Bartlett High School in 1945, and on Oct. 20, 1951 she married Robert A. Martel in St. Louis Church in Webster. They moved to Shrewsbury in 1966.
Her professional career began in the Town Clerk's Office in Webster and later in Shrewsbury, where she worked for many years. The right to vote was something she felt strongly about and worked long hours throughout the election processes so that all people could be afforded their right to vote. She enjoyed the politics on the local, state and national levels.
Thelma loved her family. She loved to cook and bake and, in earlier years, she loved to entertain. She takes with her many savory recipes that were always attempted, but never replicated. In earlier years, she and Bob sang with a group called “The Jacqueliers,” which performed in local concerts. Other interests included travel and reading. She was a former officer in the League of Catholic Women in Webster and volunteering for Fallon Clinic and the Red Cross.
She joins her parents and siblings in death, Charles and Flora Puls, Laura Jarosz, Claire Puls, Gladys Moossa, Doris Burak, and her brothers whom she was so proud of for their dedicated service in the armed services, Clarence, William, Bernard, and Charles Puls.
In addition to her husband, Bob, she leaves her sons, Ret. Lt. Col. Michael Martel (USAF) of New Braunfels, Texas and Matthew Martel and his wife Maria of Thompson, Conn.; her grandchildren, Brendan, Emma, and Nolan; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember Thelma's life by gathering Saturday, Aug. 24, in Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury, where her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery of Webster at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Veterans Inc., 59 South St., Shrewsbury, MA 01532 or the Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.
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