Linda A. Becker Madura

Profile Updated: June 14, 2018
Linda A. Becker
Linda A. Becker


Linda A. Becker


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Naperville, IL 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, 7.and Jonah William, 3.
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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Nov 13, 2018 at 10:37 AM

Today is moving day, Buff...By tomorrow we'll be not at all settled in our IA abode. How are you doing? Always thinking of you....Love, Linda

Nov 13, 2018 at 10:34 AM

Happy Birthday, Dave! And as you celebrate with your family, Jeff and I are moving to LeClaire, IA, home of American Pickers, if you watch that show. If you ever fancy a trip to LeClaire, just let me know...we can show you arounnd!

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Nov 13, 2018 at 12:36 PM

Posted on: Nov 13, 2018 at 10:29 AM

Happy Birthday, Bob!

Nov 13, 2018 at 10:26 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Jackie!!

Nov 13, 2018 at 10:18 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Darlene!!

Nov 13, 2018 at 10:13 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Jay!!

Nov 13, 2018 at 10:05 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Doris!!

Nov 13, 2018 at 10:03 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Judy!!

Nov 13, 2018 at 9:08 AM
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Nov 14, 2018 at 12:13 AM

Posted on: Nov 13, 2018 at 9:07 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Jerry!!

Nov 08, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Happy Birthday, Steve!

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Nov 07, 2018 at 4:24 PM

Posted on: Nov 07, 2018 at 4:13 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Ron! Hope it was the happiest ever.

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Nov 05, 2018 at 4:12 PM

Posted on: Nov 05, 2018 at 11:01 AM

Happy Birthday, Eileen!!

Nov 02, 2018 at 3:12 PM

Happy Birthday, Diane!

Oct 31, 2018 at 11:44 AM

Happy Halloween Birthday, Lani!! BOO!

Oct 31, 2018 at 11:39 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Terry! Got your Halloween costume for today?

Oct 28, 2018 at 10:41 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, Joan!

Oct 23, 2018 at 1:22 PM

Happy Belated Birthday, Kathy! Hope it was all you wished for!

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Oct 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Posted on: Oct 23, 2018 at 1:18 PM

Happy Birthday, Adrian! I'm a bit late, but the wishes are still good!!

Oct 23, 2018 at 1:07 PM

Happy Birthday, Tim!!