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Linas Sidrys

Profile Updated: September 25, 2009
Residing In:
Palos Hills, IL USA
Spouse/Partner:
Rima
Occupation:
Physician, Ophthalmologist
Children:
Lina 1979, Rimas 1981, Vija 1983, Gaja 1984,
Saule 1986, Vincas 1988, Gintas 1991 & Ziba 1992
They More…are all ours! The two oldest are married.
No grandchildren yet...
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Linas practices Ophthalmology in Streator,
as well as in the Chicago area. His office is
in Westgate Plaza, and he does eye surgery at
St. Mary's Hospital. His office number is
(815) 672-4018. Linas works in Streator every
Monday, and his dad still lives there.


Linas was "knighted" into the Order of Gediminas by the President of Lithuania last August, 2008 for his
20 years of medical assistance to Lithuania. He was the first exchange student in the entire Soviet Union
through his connections at University of Chicago
medical school. After becoming an ophthalmologist,
he would go on mission trips to Lithuania doing
many free surgeries, bringing tons of supplies like
sutures & plastic gloves which were lacking and also serious medical instruments and equipment, often
from his own money, taking time off of work, while
I was busy at home raising our eight children!

In spite of all this time-consuming chivalry, Linas always found time to be an awesome husband and father!!

I grew up in Chicago and also graduated in 1969
from an all girl Catholic high school. (I look forward to your reunions more than my own! Linas and I
had a blast at the 25th year Streator Reunion.)
I received a philosophy degree from University of
Illinois and then...

Linas and I were "matched" in a Lithuanian folk
dance group in Chicago and married in April 1978.
We raised eight beautiful and happy children who
love their faith, family and country and Lithuanian
heritage. Both Linas and I are of Lithuanian heritage and our children were raised speaking the language
and participating in Lithuanian culture.

The Sidrys family-- the entire clan-- are huge
travelers. Linas" father has been to over 70 countries. Linas' great uncle traveled around the
world on motorbike in the 20's and wrote a book.
Sadly,twenty years ago Linas' sister Vida was on a plane in the Himalayas and it disappeared. His brothers Algis and Jonas are also MDs (radiological oncologists) in Tennessee, and they scuba dive.
Raimundas, the oldest, lives in California and was a
anthropologist and archeologist, then he was a
teacher--he may move to Lithuania with wife Inga.
Daina lives in Albuquerque, NM. The three youngest
sibs of Linas are in Chicago. Laima (who was a
teacher) is raising 5 children. Paulius a business consultant just had a fourth child. Ruta who finished in engineering is raising 5 children and just got back from living a year in Africa with her family!

As for our eight children: two are married, three
are young professionals, two are in college, and
our youngest is at home as a senior in high school.
No grandchildren, YET. Two are in Boston, one
in Jacksonville, FL, one in Poland!. Two are at
St. Louis University, one is in our condo in downtown Chicago, one is at home. We have
all travelled a lot as a family and individually.

We sent them to the following universities, etc.:
University of Notre Dame (Linas' alma mater),
Northwestern Univ., University of Illinois Urbana,
University of Colorado, Boulder, Marquette Univ,
DePaul Univ., West Point Military Academy,
St. Louis University! This is why Linas works
six days a week. In 2006, we had 4 kids in college (one in grad. school) and a wedding!!

We plan to write a book one day on how it was
to raise a happy family of eight children, how
we sent them all to college and had a great
marriage at the same time.

We look forward to meeting everyone of you in
Streator this weekend. By the way, I hope there
is dancing, because Linas and I love to dance....

The two photos below were taken this April, 2009.
The first is Linas and I at our son's wedding this
April and the second photo is of our children on
day before the wedding.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Linas & Rima Sidrys, April 18, 2009
at our son's (second child of eight)
wedding in Jacksonville, FL
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM
These are our eight beautiful children
day before son's wedding this April.
Standing in back row. Vija (26),
Rimas (28)(day before his wedding),
Lina (30!), Gaja (24), Ziba (17)--
the youngest. Front row, kneeling:
Saule (23), Vincas (22), and Gintas (18)
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM
This is the wedding of our oldest daughter: Lina & Brian Nealon (2006).
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Linas & Rima family photo 1996.
Children: Lina, Rimas, Vija, Gaja, Saule, Vincas, Gintas & Ziba.