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Thelma Martin, secretary; at 76

WOBURN -- Thelma J. (LeBlanc) Martin, 76, of Woburn, a secretary, died Aug. 3 at the Hospice House in Reading.

Born and raised in Medford, Mrs. Martin graduated from Medford High School. She and her husband later lived in Somerville briefly and then moved to Woburn.

Mrs. Martin worked as senior secretary at Mitre Corporation in Bedford.

Mrs. Martin leaves her husband of 59 years, Harry A.; three sons, John W. of Millbury, Kenneth A. of Maine, and Stephen P. of North Andover; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Victor Tremblay, banker; at 68

AMHERST, N.H. -- Victor J. Tremblay, 68, of Amherst, a banker and former Navy captain, died Aug. 2 at Concord Community Hospice.

Mr. Tremblay was born in Concord, graduating from Concord High School in 1955. Following his graduation from Yale University, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Dartmouth College in 1972.

Mr. Tremblay was a retired captain in the Navy, where he served for 30 years, in active duty from 1959 to 1964 and in the Naval Reserves until 1989.

He retired as vice president of Bankeast Holding Co. in 1988.

He leaves his wife of 35 years, Carole (Schalk); two daughters, Erica M. of Boston and Victoria C. of Chicago; and a sister, Victoria L. Young of Watertown, N.Y.

Robert Leriche, contractor; at 81

SALEM, N.H. -- Robert A. Leriche, Sr., 81, of Salem, a self-employed contractor, died Aug. 3 at the Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Mass.

Mr. Leriche was born and raised in Salem and was a lifelong resident. A self-employed contractor, Mr. Leriche was the oldest person in New Hampshire to hold his master electrician and plumber's license.

An Army veteran, he served during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He was a life member of the VFW Salem Memorial Post 8546.

He leaves his wife, Marion (Laverriere); two sons, Robert A. Jr. and Randy, both of Salem; three daughters, Renita McClellan and Roberta LeBeau, both of Salem, and Rona of Manchester; a brother, Russell, of South Carolina; three sisters, Helen Conley and Barbara Chisolm, both of Salem, and Dorothy Hebert of Londonderry; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Beverly Whitney, 67, auto racing fan

WESTFORD -- Beverly Ann (Gregoire) Whitney, 67, of Westford, died July 29 at Emerson Hospital in Concord.

Born in Lowell, Mrs. Whitney was educated in Chelmsford and Littleton schools. She was co-owner and operator of Whitney's Service station in Westford for the last 45 years.

She leaves her husband, Stanley; a son, Robert S., of Westford; a daughter, Robin A. McCarthy, of York, Maine; four sisters, Rita Laurenson of Mason, N.H., Sandra Matis of Auburndale, Fla., Eleanor Duggan of Alfred, Maine, and Kathleen M. Gregoire of Eliot, Maine; and six grandchildren.

Alice Christian, 88; was WWII nurse

ACTON -- Alice F. (Brown) Christian, 88, of Acton, a World War II nurse, died July 31 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Christian graduated from Carrick High School in Pittsburgh. She then served as a pharmacist's mate in the navy's WAVES during World War II at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. During this time, one of her patients was involved in the first trials for penicillin.

A resident of Acton for 53 years, she worked at the former Digital Equipment Corporation's Mill Facility in Maynard, where she was the production assistant for the company's quarterly in-house publication.

Mrs. Christian leaves two sons, Jerry of Maynard and Ronald of Center Barnstead, N.H.; a daughter, Joanne Berezin of North Syracuse, N.Y.; a sister, Naomi Montgomery, and a brother, Lawrence Brown, both of Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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