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Linda Scimeca, age 66, of Sugar Grove, formerly of Chicago, passed quietly into the arms of her Savior in the early morning hours of Monday, June 12, 2017. Surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Linda is now free of the thirty year battle with diabetes that may have finally broken her body, but never her indomitable spirit.
She was born September 15, 1950, in Chicago, the daughter of Martin and Dorothy (Drautzburg) Bucaro.
Linda grew up in the Wrigleyville neighborhood on Halsted St. in Chicago. She attended local schools and graduated from Immaculata High School with the class of 1968.
After high school, Linda took advantage of her youth and traveled a bit while she worked locally. She met her man in shining armor, Rosario “Ross” Scimeca, in 1973 through mutual friends. A whirlwind courtship followed and her fairytale came true when two hearts became one on December 30, 1974. Their love and dedication ran deep and true and they have been inseparable ever since.
They began their life together in Chicago until they moved to Carol Stream in 1976. Later they moved to Sugar Grove in December of 1996 where they have since made their home.
Linda wasnâ€™t necessarily a member of many organizations, but her heart was generous to many. She helped on the Sugar Grove Fire Department Auxiliary and for the last 15 years, Linda was an election judge for Kane County.
Linda may have worked sporadically over the years, but it was because her family was “Job One”. You couldnâ€™t find a more dedicated wife, mother and grandmother if you searched the world twice over. Linda loved doing crafts but shopping was at the top of her to-do list, especially if it was on QVC. She loved going to movies for the atmosphere and excitement, but long country drives with Ross spoke to her like no other. Destinations didnâ€™t matter, it was the trip itself that made it special. Drive out to Harvard just to get sweet corn. Linda never tired of mining for gold, near Birch Cliff Lodge at the Wisconsin Dells but she also played the odds when Ross would bring home the scratch lotto tickets everyday. Linda was first in line when it came to spoiling the grandkids, nothing was too good for themâ€¦or too much. Linda was always a mom to everyone she met, and never missed an opportunity to feed anyone and everyone, including bringing drinks and sandwiches to the firemen on late night fire calls. Her house was the destination house when you needed a home away from home. No matter who you were or where you came from, when you walked through the door, you were family. She loved to read romance books (though nothing could compare to her own love story), and yellow roses were her flower of choice. They were constant sight at the home ever since Ross gave her a dozen early in their relationship. If Ross had any competition, it would be Neil Diamond, but to be completely honest, he came in a distant second, despite the fact that Sweet Caroline made her heart smile. Linda always wanted to look her best, no matter the occasion, and especially loved her nails being done. She had a standing appointment every two weeks and looked forward to each visit. It was the perfect opportunity to share her life and loves with the nail techs who became close personal friends. Her loss will be felt by many and her memory will remain in their hearts forever.
She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Ross Scimeca; Three children: Desireâ€™ (Brandon) Ross, Janelle (Andrew) McCornack and Daniel (Sara) Scimeca; Five grandchildren: Makenzie, Evan, Alexis, Abagail and Alina; One brother, John (Luz) Bucaro; A sister, Dottie Bucaro; one sister-in-law Marie Bucaro; a brother-in-law, Al Ashbeck; many nieces, nephews and a family of friends.
She now joins her parents, Martin and Dorothy Bucaro; two brothers: William Bucaro and Marty Bucaro; two sisters, Deborah Ashbeck and Shirley Tamburo and one brother in infancy who preceded her in death.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., at St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church, 8S055 Dugan Rd, Sugar Grove, IL 60554, on Friday, June 16, 2017. A funeral mass to celebrate her faith will be at St. Katherine Drexel at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 17th. Fr. Bob Jones, pastor of the church will officiate. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Lindaâ€™s to benefit JDRF, an organization dedicated to the research, care and education of Type 1 Diabetes. Checks may be made to the “JDRF” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.
A funeral mass to celebrate her faith will be at St. Katherine Drexel at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 17th. Fr. Bob Jones, pastor of the church will officiate.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., at St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church, 8S055 Dugan Rd, Sugar Grove, IL 60554, on Friday, June 16, 2017.
Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.