Amy Coons

Amy Coons

Amy Coons, age 52, of Brookfield. Beloved daughter of Ross (Andy Bowers) Coons; fond sister of Timothy Scott Coons; niece of Robert (Susan) Coons; cousin of Kristin Coons, Carrie (Roger) Liboon and Kimberly Endsley; birth daughter of Fred Starbuck and Linda Martin.

Please join family, friends, and coworkers for a Celebration of Life in memory of Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo employee, Amy Coons, who passed on March 3rd. The Celebration of Life will be held at the Discovery Center on Thursday, March 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A service will be held at the Discovery Center prior to the Celebration of Life from 10:00-11:30 a.m., please enter the South Entrance of the Zoo on Washington Street, then notify the gate attendant upon your arrival to the zoo that you are here for the Celebration or service, and you will be guided accordingly.
The family has asked that donations be made to the Chicago Zoological Society in lieu of flowers. Donations will go to the Great Ape project in memory of Amy. To donate:

• Go to and select the Make your gift a tribute button and complete the donation.
• Mail a donation to the Chicago Zoological Society, Attn: Development Department, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield Zoo, IL 60513 and include a note or memo stating that the gift is in memory of    Amy Coons.
• Call the Development department at 708-688-8560 to make a donation by phone. Please state that the donation is in memory of Amy Coons.

We hope that you will be able to join us to celebrate Amy’s life and share your memories.

Information 708-485-2000 or

For those of you that would like to express your condolences to the family, please click on the link below and you can leave the family a message. If you wish to send a Sympathy Card to the Family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o the Amy Coons Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

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  1. Jose A Yapondjian condolence:

    My condolences go out to Amy’s family. She was an amazing person and was always smiling. Her memory lives on.
    Amy, may you rest in peace.

  2. Tim Feeney condolence:

    Amy was a wonderful person and a good friend.

  3. Ron Evans condolence:

    I am so glad I got to meet and hang out with Amy over the years through the zoo world and gorillas. She was always so cheerful and smiling. Made all of around that much happier. As sad as this is, I will smile whenever I think of her.

  4. Susan Coons condolence:

    Amy was a beautiful person inside and out. I met Amy when she was 5 years old and my husband and I were dating. I have watched Amy grow up and admired all her talents from working at the zoo to sewing costumes and making masks of some of her primates at the zoo. She was adventurous and loved the outdoors and nature. She was a loving niece and we will miss her terribly. Amy, Rest In Peace.

  5. Stephanie Bullwinkel condolence:

    The world has lost a wonderful soul. RIP, my friend.

  6. Barb Clish condolence:

    Amy had an infectious smile. Your memory will live on with all the stories and memories from everyone. RIP Amy you will be greatly missed my friend.

  7. Nick & Cherie Barone condolence:

    Amy has been a good friend, artistic, and thoughtful. She made masks to costumes. She has been very creative. She has had great conversations of period shows and historical events. We met over Gorillas and built a friendship from there. Miss you Amy Coons.

  8. Danna Durkin condolence:

    I knew Amy from LaGrange Park Vortex theatre. Always smiling and happy working at the zoo. Rest In Peace.

  9. David Bremer condolence:

    Amy was a good friend with a deep heart and a beautiful soul. Her love of the world and all the creatures in it was such a gift. Heaven gained a very beautiful soul .

  10. Linda Bremer condolence:

    I worked on costumes with Amy when she joined the Theatre of Western Springs. She was a very kind person and always had a big smile on her face. She will be missed by so many people. I send my sincere condolences to her family.

  11. Cynthia Webb condolence:

    Thoughts and prayers for Amy’s family. She was beautiful inside and out and an amazing woman. She will be missed by all she touched. God bless and rest in peace.

  12. Kristen Anderson-Lopez condolence:

    I had the gift of living with Amy for a year in Jupiter Florida. Surrounded by a bevy of dramatic attention-hungry theatre kids, she was a refreshingly grounding touchstone. I also loved those moments her wry, mischievous sense of humor would shine through.

    It is no wonder animals of all kinds loved her. She was so at peace in her own skin.

    My heart breaks for her family and her beloved animals who will miss her loving presence.

  13. Michael Ryan condolence:

    Amy was an amazing, compassionate person and will be deeply missed.

  14. Steven Genck condolence:

    Amy was a compassionate and kind soul, and she will be missed. I offer my condolences to her family and friends. May all who know and love Amy find solace during this difficult time of grief.

  15. Samantha Brenneman condolence:

    Amy took dance classes with me and performed with my dance troupe for a while. I never met a kinder, more thoughtful and tactful person. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My sincerest condolences to her friends and family.

  16. Gerorge Chiagkouris condolence:

    I am just finding out that Amy has passed away.
    I am glad to have met Amy years ago and share
    Laughter and friendship with her. She was an
    Amazing person who cherished working with
    Non Human Primates. Rest in Peace Amy..

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