Iconic, beautiful – larger than life local legend – Mari Posa has passed away

February 13, 2021

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

If you’re from Niagara Falls, you know who Mari Posa was. She was a local legend loved by everyone. She was the picture of grit, determination and hard work.

The owner of Mariposa’s World Famous Subs was never afraid of hard work. She knew the secret to success was never slowing down, and she didn’t. She worked well into her nineties. But, this icon of Niagara Falls was so much more than a business owner. She raised nine children and was known to remind everyone to make the best of everyday.




She did just that.

Mari Posa was certainly ahead of her time, working day in and day out making those famous submarine sandwiches. She embodied the American Dream, showed all of us what a true work ethic was. She loved what she did and made so many happy doing it.

I can remember going to Mariposa’s as a little girl, there was something so special about going there and talking to Mari. She was a pioneer, an inspiration and she will never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace, Mari.



About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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