Linda A. Becker Madura

Profile Updated: December 11, 2018
Linda A. Becker
Linda A. Becker


Linda A. Becker


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: LeClaire, IA USA
Spouse/Partner: Jeffrey M Madura
Occupation: Retired HS French and Italian teacher, among other things
Children: Karen, born 1970, married to Mike Sheeman, has 2 sons: Jackson Michael, 19, and a sophomore at North More…Central College here in Naperville, and Jayson Maxwell, 15, and soon to be a fresman at Plainfield North High School;
Anne, born 1980, married to Jim Earel, has 2 sons: Isaac James, 8 Jonah William, 4
Where has your life taken you since you graduated?

I attended Rosary College (now Dominican University) and graduated in '67 with a double major in French and English/American Literature plus my teaching credentials. I lived in Switzerland during my junior year and attended the Universite de Fribourg. During that time, I traveled to France, Italy and Great Britain, in addition to many adventures traveling in la belle Suisse. In 1966, my parents were transferred to Rome, so I spent post-grad 1967-68 living in Italy and earned a degree at the Universita Italiana per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy, and that qualified me to teach Italian at the high school level. I also taught Italian at York in the Adult Education Program.

When I returned to the US, I taught HS French at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, IL and Adult Education Italian at YORK!! Jeff and I married in 1969. After staying home with Karen until she started school, I worked for Lombard School District 44 until Anne was born. I stayed home with Anne until she started school, and then I returned to work for District 44 for another 7 years.

In 1992 I became Manager of the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus (now Anima Singers of the Greater Chicagoland Area), and I traveled with them to Canada, Norway and Denmark. But since 1994 I haven't been out of the US for even 1 day!

After a few years with the Children's Chorus, I went to work for the City of Naperville in the Building Department, which transitioned into the Department of Transportation, Engineering and Development as Naperville grew by leaps and bounds. I was there for 11 years until I retired in 2005 to care for my mother in her last years. She was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease, and those 3 years as her caregiver in our home was a major educational experience for me. And I could not have done any of it without my dear husband, Jeff.

School Story:

I loved being part of the Music Department! Senior Choir was wonderful, and Mr. Whitmer was amazing! Many of the post-choir-concert parties were held at my house; I loved having everybody that I cared about under my roof. I loved playing the piano to accompany Sue Pedersen when she played her flute and Jeff Brown, Carolyn Schmidt and the Boys' Quartet when they sang. Carol Wegener and I even played a 2-piano Shubert duet in one of the talent shows. I was always too afraid to try out for the musicals, so I'd do make-up back stage. I can remember Dave Hanni complaining about it as he coughed, sputtered and gagged through his several experiences with me. Fun times!

What Grammar School did you attend?

I was part of the first 6th grade class to "graduate" from Edison School. Before that, I attended Wm. Beye School in Oak Park, IL for grades K-5.

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May 08, 2019 at 11:03 AM

Happy Beelated Birthday, Joyce!

May 08, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, my friend! Hope you enjoyed every minute of it!! (HUg)

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May 06, 2019 at 6:45 PM

Posted on: May 06, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Jan!!

May 06, 2019 at 9:52 AM

Belated but very warm wishes to you on your birthday, Steve. Hope it was a great one!!

Apr 30, 2019 at 4:52 PM

Liz! Best wishes for the happiest of and every day this week'11 Sending love!

Apr 27, 2019 at 4:34 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Jim;!

Apr 25, 2019 at 7:20 PM

Happy Birthday, Onur!! Hope you had a wonderful celebration!!

Apr 24, 2019 at 1:29 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Larry! Hope it was full of love, presents,....and cake!

Apr 24, 2019 at 1:15 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Donna!

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Apr 24, 2019 at 1:12 PM

Posted on: Apr 24, 2019 at 11:17 AM

Happy Birthday, Dr. Frank! Since our move to Iowa last November, I have seen WAY too many doctors as we set ourselves up medically for whatever lies ahead. It was difficult to leave the squad of doctors who had been caring for up in Naperville for the past 30 years. Stil haven't found someone to replace Dr. Edward Sung, Wheaton Eye Clinic, who has overseen my macular degerneration, etc for all that time. Medicine aside...I hope you have a lovely birthday with many, many more to come!

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Apr 27, 2019 at 4:29 PM

Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 at 2:31 PM

Happy Birthday, dear Jackie!! May all of the Lord's blessings shower down on you. Love, Linda

Apr 18, 2019 at 12:41 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Carol!!

Apr 18, 2019 at 12:40 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Karen!!

Apr 18, 2019 at 12:29 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Beatriz!!

Apr 18, 2019 at 12:27 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Bill!!

Apr 13, 2019 at 2:21 PM

Happy Belated Birthday to you, Bev!

Apr 13, 2019 at 2:18 PM

Happy Belated Birthday to you, Jan!!

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Apr 12, 2019 at 12:46 AM

Posted on: Apr 10, 2019 at 12:13 PM

Whoops! Missed your birthday by 1 day! Hope you had a wonderful day, Roger, with all of your children and "grands" gathered 'round. Warm greetings from Le Claire, Iowa.

Apr 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Happy Birthday, Judy, my friend! Enjoy your day!

Apr 08, 2019 at 2:47 PM

Happy Birthday, dear JoAnn from Iowa!