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Rachel “Bunny” Iaciofano

Rachel “Bunny” Iaciofano

April 6, 1946 - March 12, 2020     Age: 73

Rachel “Bunny” Iaciofano, 73, of Fernandina Beach passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center Nassau.

Born in the Bronx, New York, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Ruth Roberts Montevecchi. Bunny spoke that her birth certificate stated:  Place of Birth “Corner of Vyse Avenue and 180th Street”.  Her mother was “visiting” the bathroom when Bunny came along at an unexpected time.

She grew up in the Long Island City neighborhood where she worked at her dad’s bar. She was a waitress from the time she was old enough to handle the work. Bunny spent nearly all of her working life as a waitress. She talked about how she had waitressed in all five boroughs of New York City.

She met her husband, Liberto “Lee” Iaciofano in 1972. When he ordered coffee at the diner she worked. After meeting in April they married in November of the same year. They were married November 26, 1972 in the Actors Chapel just off Broadway.

Living in New York until 1980, she and Lee moved and they lived in Connecticut and also Rhode Island. Some 31 years ago, Lee came to Fernandina Beach while working on a temporary work assignment at  Kings Bay Submarine Base. When Bunny joined him a couple months later she fell in love with Amelia Island,   and they made Fernandina Beach their home.

Keeping her longstanding tradition of waitressing, Bunny worked at Pompeo’s and Down Under restaurants. Walking up to her customers and saying “Hi Toots!” was her trademark that endeared her to those she served. She retired from Down Under in 2005.

Bunny served people not only with food but with life and energy.  If you were in her midst you always felt her presence.  She wanted people to have fun. She would be the one encouraging song or telling a joke.   She also had strong feelings about people and she let you know about them.  If you met her, you remembered her.

She and Lee were parishioners at St. Michael’s Catholic Church where her funeral mass will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2020 beginning at 11:00 AM. Fr. Jose Kallukalam will celebrate the mass. The family will receive friends at Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors before the mass from 9:00 until 10:00 AM.

In addition to her husband, Lee, she leaves behind a special niece, Alexis O’Gara, her two brothers, John and Charles and a sister, Ruth Ann.

She will be laid to rest at Bosque Bello Cemetery.

 

7 Condolences

  • Black Family Posted March 14, 2020 12:11 pm

    Rest in peace my friend… you will be missed. You brought life to the circle… You are now in the Arms of the Angels.

  • Sue and Nick Markiw Posted March 14, 2020 3:57 pm

    Lee and Snickers- Met Bunny through the Down Under and it was several years before we knew her as our neighbor (even though she was there all along). So glad she held the Memorial Day party last year getting everyone together and enjoying each others company. May she sling plenty of city gin in heaven. Will miss her riding her chair in the neighborhood, walking Snickers and picking up Paige. May sweet memories comfort you in this time of sorrow.

  • Sally Ericksen Posted March 14, 2020 7:36 pm

    We loved her and she and Lee were wonderful neighbors for 26 years! No one made better Eggplant Parmesan! She was like a wonderful chocolate, she had a hard crust but was a marshmallow inside! Love you, sweet Bun!!

  • Carol Lavin Posted March 15, 2020 8:58 am

    Rest In Peace Bunny!

  • Margo Story Posted March 16, 2020 1:55 pm

    Sincere condolence to you Lee…….may the eternal light shine upon Bunny.M

  • Tom Moody Posted March 16, 2020 4:43 pm

    God love you Lee, and hold Toots n his love forever.

  • Kathy White Posted March 16, 2020 10:28 pm

    As you know, your loss was a shock to me. You and your family will be remembered in our prayers. Your loss is heaven’s gain. Your Bonnie will be watching over you as the days go on. Remember to take one day at a time.. Sincere Sympathy and Love.

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