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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Mar 21, 2019 at 2:36 PM

Posted on: Mar 21, 2019 at 1:35 PM

Happy Birthday, dear girl! It's my husband's birthday today, it seems some very nice people share this day. Be sure to enjoy yours to the fullest!

Mar 17, 2019 at 4:32 PM

Happy Birthday, Charles!

Mar 17, 2019 at 3:42 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Barb!

Mar 14, 2019 at 6:34 PM

Happy Birthday, Jim!! Enjoy you special day!

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Mar 09, 2019 at 1:48 PM

Posted on: Mar 09, 2019 at 11:53 AM

Happy Birthday, Rich!! Enjoy your day!!

Mar 08, 2019 at 12:14 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Noreen!! Hope you're still celebrating today!

Mar 05, 2019 at 12:27 PM

Happy Birthday, Jill!!!!

Mar 05, 2019 at 7:44 AM

Days late and lots more than a dollar short! But, dear Suzanne, I hope you had a lovely birthday! I miss you and your beautiful smile. There is TONS of snow still on the ground here in Le Claire, IA. Be well!

Feb 23, 2019 at 11:34 AM

Happy Birthday, Les!! I hope this birthday weekend is full of family and friends...and lots of birthday cake! You were one of my favorite people at York, Les, even though it was only through the Music Department that we knew each other...I know I know I enjoyed every moment. Today I live in Le Claire, IA, and am legally blind. Good thing I learned to touch-type at York or I wouldn't be able to keep in touch occasionally to special people at York.. Warm wishes, my friend!

Feb 23, 2019 at 11:16 AM

Oh,oh! Happy Belated Birthday, Russ! I'm late in delivering them to you, but they are warm and sincere nonetheless. To one of the nicest young men I had the pleasure of meeting and interactinb with at York. Hope you had a very happy day.

Feb 19, 2019 at 11:52 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Fran!

Feb 19, 2019 at 11:38 AM

Happy Birthday, Bonnie!!

Feb 13, 2019 at 1:29 PM

Happy Birthday, Dick and Happy 'valentine's Day, too. Please say "hi" to Barb for me!

Feb 12, 2019 at 10:48 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Donna!

Feb 12, 2019 at 10:43 AM

Happy 1-day Belated Birthday, Diane! Hugs!

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Feb 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Posted on: Feb 12, 2019 at 10:35 AM

Even though it's 1 day late, Happy Birthday, Marcia!

Feb 10, 2019 at 10:50 AM

Aloha, and Happy Belated Birthday, Pat!

Feb 06, 2019 at 2:34 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Kathy!

Feb 03, 2019 at 10:56 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Don! And "hi" to Nancy!!

Jan 29, 2019 at 2:17 PM

Posted on: Jan 29, 2019 at 11:37 AM