Bernice (Bunny) Zonis
Paradise Valley - Zonis, Bernice (Bunny) age 86 of Paradise Valley, died on May 22nd, 2020. Preceded in death by her parents, Ida & Hyman Kenig, and her beloved husband of 57 years, Richard D. Zonis, MD, (Dick). Bunny leaves behind two daughters, Susan Costantino (John Costantino, DO) of Scottsdale, and Joan Salamon (Mitchell Salamon) of New York, New York, as well as four beloved grandchildren, Adam Cavrell (Cassandra), Sam Cavrell, Marla Salamon, and Eve Salamon. A native of Connecticut, Bunny studied at Norwich Free Academy preparatory school and continued to the prestigious Simmons College in Boston, Mass, where she earned a degree in Nutrition & Food Science. Bunny became a Registered Dietician (RD) and worked at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. After a courtship that started with a blind date to a Red Sox game, Bunny & Dick married and later relocated to Scottsdale with their young family. Bunny was a longtime member of Congregation Beth Israel, an active volunteer with the Arizona Medical Wives Association of Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity, a docent at the Heard Museum, a lifetime member of Hadassah, and a leader in the Phoenix chapter of Brandeis. In addition to her immediate family, Bunny leaves behind her sister-in-law, Marcia Zonis of Newton, Mass, five nephews, many dear cousins, and a lifetime of friends. Bunny was famous for her tremendous artistic talents; creating beautiful embroidery, and gorgeous Rhea rugs. In addition, she was known for her famous blintzes and her fondness for designer discount shopping. Bunny always loved the beach, particularly La Jolla, California, where the family shared over 30 years of summertime fun. A special thank you to Teri Davis, a beautiful friend. Private funeral services and burial will be provided by Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin of Congregation Beth Israel, Scottsdale.
Published in The Arizona Republic from May 22 to May 27, 2020.