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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Jan 14, 2019 at 12:52 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Pat!

Jan 14, 2019 at 12:35 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Bob!!

Jan 13, 2019 at 2:31 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Carol! Sending much love!

Jan 13, 2019 at 2:12 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Barb!

Jan 13, 2019 at 1:34 PM

These must the most belated birthday wishes you have ever received! Laptop problems should be fixed now, I hope! Much love and good wishes, my friend!

Jan 13, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Belated Birthday wishes to you, Bart, my friend. Computer problems for a LONG time has made me a tardy birthday wishes sender. My best to you and to Sue in 2019!

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Jan 02, 2019 at 8:33 PM

Posted on: Jan 02, 2019 at 7:15 PM

A very Happy Birthday, Barb!

Jan 01, 2019 at 11:04 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, John! Hope it was a great one!

Jan 01, 2019 at 11:01 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Dolly! You must have celebrated with a BANG!!

Dec 29, 2018 at 10:10 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Jack!

Dec 29, 2018 at 10:03 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Carole!!

Dec 27, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Jeff. Hope you are enjoying Iowa

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Dec 25, 2018 at 7:33 PM

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Dec 22, 2018 at 10:21 PM

Posted on: Dec 20, 2018 at 7:16 AM

Happy Birthday, Bill!

Dec 15, 2018 at 10:01 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Janet?

Dec 15, 2018 at 9:48 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, dear Wendy!!

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Dec 15, 2018 at 11:27 AM

Posted on: Dec 15, 2018 at 9:45 AM

Ha ve you moved back to IL??

Dec 15, 2018 at 9:40 AM

A slightly belated Happy Birthday, to dear Carol. Hope it was a lovely sunny day full of joy. Love and hugs to dear Carol.....Linda

Dec 15, 2018 at 9:10 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Dennis!!

Dec 11, 2018 at 8:33 AM