MEXICO — Mary A. Buccina, 96, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 18, at her home in Mexico. She was born on Oct. 18, 1921, in Mexico, the daughter of Vito and Clelia (Vecchione) Buccina, and graduated from Mexico High School.

Mary was employed at Oxford Paper Company in the Payroll and Accounting Departments for over 40 years. Mary was very outgoing and sociable, often the life of the party with her quick humor. Her spunky outspoken personality will be missed by all who loved her. She enjoyed many friendships and was especially close with her sister, Anna. She was a communicant of Parish of the Holy Savior, St. Athanasius – St. John Church. She belonged to the Daughters of Isabella, Sons of Italy Italian Lodge Gorizia and the Red Hats. She enjoyed trips to Europe and traveled throughout the United States. She loved to shop and on any given Saturday would set off on her own traveling to Lewiston and on to South Portland stopping at as many stores as possible.

Family meant everything to Mary. She had a heart of gold and was always ready to lend a hand, cook a meal or help in any way she could. She was a fantastic cook and excelled at many crafts, including knitting, ceramics, flower arranging and quilting. Holidays were a special time with endless homemade pies, cookies and candies.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her brother, Joseph Buccina, and sister, Anna Riordan.

Mary is survived by her nieces, Susan Riordan Starr of Scarborough and Judith Riordan Willette and husband, Kent, of Yarmouth; nephew, Hugh Riordan of South China; grandnieces, Kate Riordan, Kristin Starr Macisso, Julie Riordan; grandnephew, James O. Riordan; and great-grandnieces Anna and Lillian Macisso.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers and especially Charlotte Blanchard who made it possible for Mary to stay in her home the past several years.

Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories online at

Mary A. Buccina

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