Josephine Iacono, the last surviving sibling of the six children who grew up on the Iacono Farm on Long Lane in East Hampton, died at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton on Sunday. She had lived there for the last two and a half years but her family, who visited her there the previous day, said she seemed in good health and her death was unexpected. She was 88.
Mrs. Iacono had lived in the Iacono house on Long Lane, which was built in 1948, until requiring personal assistance. She was employed for many years as the cashier at Gosman’s restaurant in Montauk, where the Gosman family and hundreds of diners found her a welcoming presence. She had worked for a time as a telephone operator, as well.
She was born at home on Aug. 29, 1924, to the former Colegera Romano and Emanual Iacono, who bought the property on Long Lane and started a vegetable farm, turning later to poultry. Ms. Iacono’s brother, Salvadore Iacono, who took over the farm, died in 2008. The other siblings were John, Mary, and Angeline Iacono, and Jennie Labrozzi.
The Rev. William Smart of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton officiated at a service yesterday at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. Burial followed at the church cemetery. Contributions in her memory have been suggested for the East Hampton Ambulance Association, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton 11937.