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.

Linda A.'s Latest Interactions

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Jul 13, 2019 at 11:27 AM

Happy Birthday, Don! My connection to Plainfield? My daughter, Karen, lives there! :)

Jul 10, 2019 at 11:56 AM

Very late, but very sincere...Happy Birthday Steve!!

Jul 09, 2019 at 3:06 PM

Happy Belated Birthday!

Jul 09, 2019 at 12:08 PM

The Happiest of Belated Birthdays. Barb! Hope it was a great one!

Jul 04, 2019 at 3:52 PM


Jul 04, 2019 at 3:49 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Cheryl!

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Jul 04, 2019 at 1:32 PM

Posted on: Jul 04, 2019 at 12:53 PM

Happy Belated Birthday to you, dear Buff!!

Jun 21, 2019 at 9:46 AM


Jun 21, 2019 at 9:01 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, dear Ellen! If journalism ever brings you to Iowa...come see us in Le Claire!!

Jun 18, 2019 at 5:05 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Suzanne!

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Jun 14, 2019 at 6:51 AM

Posted on: Jun 13, 2019 at 4:04 PM

Got your note but my eyes are so bad, I couldn't read it. Where are you? What hace you been up to? Since our move to Iowa, I feel so disconnected from all youYorkies@ What's going on?

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Jun 13, 2019 at 2:51 PM

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Jun 13, 2019 at 2:49 PM

Happy Belated Birthday!! Have another piece of cake!!

Jun 13, 2019 at 2:25 PM

Happy Birthday to us!! Love sharing a birthday with you!!

Jun 13, 2019 at 3:33 AM
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Jun 07, 2019 at 6:54 AM

Posted on: Jun 06, 2019 at 12:50 PM

Happy Birthday, Chuck!

Jun 06, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Lynne!!

Jun 06, 2019 at 11:39 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Bob! What wonderful photos you posted!!

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Jun 02, 2019 at 10:47 AM

Posted on: Jun 01, 2019 at 12:09 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Mary Beth!! Jeff and I were busy celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary yesterday...hope your birthday was wonderful!

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Jun 04, 2019 at 12:14 AM

Posted on: May 30, 2019 at 3:35 PM

Happy Birthday, Jim!