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Mary E Buckshaw

July 23, 1917 June 4, 2019
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Mary was once asked what her secret was, in which she replied, "Keep dancing, and you'll stay healthy." That is what Mary, 101, did every Tuesday. In fact, before her passing on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, she attended her dance class, and made sure to vote early that morning. Mary passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.

Mary Elizabeth Buckshaw; nee Galaini, was born in Brooklyn, New York, July 23, 1917 and moved to Flagtown, NJ when she was five years old with her parents. Mary Galaini married Stephen J. Buckshaw Sr. on July 24, 1938. They were blessed with three children, and remained happily married until his passing in 1950.

Mary was employed by Ortho pharmaceuticals for 31 years and has been active in the community for over 80.

Mary was a founding member of Flagtown Fire's Ladies Auxiliary which was formed in the summer of 1938. She has been an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary and served as their president in 1962. Every month she walks from her house to the fire house for the monthly Ladies Auxiliary meeting.

Mary has been a communicant of Mary Mother of God church of Hillsborough since its beginning in Flagtown, where she was married.

Mary was a charter member of the senior dance group, The Rockettes. She is well known for role as "Lady Liberty" for the last 25 years in the annual Hillsborough Township Memorial Day parade, with Fire Company #1 proudly marching behind her. She attends practice every Tuesday, and Bingo for two hours after.

Mary has been an active charter member of both the original Senior Club formed in 1974 and then later the Hillsborough Senior Citizens Chapter B, formed on July 1, 1993 with which she has enjoyed many travel adventures.

Mary is survived by her three children- Stephen Buckshaw of Flagtown, Barbara Alcaide and husband John of Flagtown, and Mary Ann Wagner and husband Robert of Hopewell, NJ. Brothers, Joseph "Jit" Galaini of Manville, and Elias "Tar" Galaini who resides in Boynton Beach, Florida. She is predeceased by her brothers John Galaini and William Galaini. She spoiled and helped raise six grandchildren; Annette, John, Heather, Wayne, Gabrielle, and Lisa. She has 12 great grandchildren who deeply adore her and many nieces and nephews
that she visited regularly. She was very close and loved her extended families.

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4:00 PM 6/10/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/10/2019 8:00:00 PM
Hillsborough Funeral Home

796 US Highway 206
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Hillsborough Funeral Home
796 US Highway 206 Hillsborough 08844 NJ
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Mary Mother of God

157 S. Triangle Rd
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Mary Mother of God
157 S. Triangle Rd Hillsborough 08844 NJ
United States

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Immaculate Conception Cemetery Final Resting Place

Union Ave.
Somerville, NJ 08876

Union Ave. Somerville 08876 NJ
United States

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Flagtown Fire Department


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