Nataliia Aleksandrovna Kondrikova, devoted wife, beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Nataliia Aleksandrovna Kondrikova nee Lebedeva 88, of North Brunswick, NJ, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021. Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, to late Claudia (Pavlova) and Aleksandr Lebedev, Nataliia received her master’s degree from D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia and became an aerospace engineer.
Nataliia worked at the Soviet Space Program that sent the first human into Space. She was awarded several Soviet medals for labor valor and excellence in labor. At the age of seventy, she retired and spent the following fifteen years traveling the world, first with her late husband, Boris Kondrikov, and, after his passing in 2004, with her friends. In 2019, she moved to New Jersey to live with her son, Nikolay Kondrikov, and his family and maintained an active correspondence with friends and family in Russia.
Nataliia was an art aficionado and connoisseur. She visited art museums and galleries everywhere she went and regularly attended lectures at the Pushkin Art Museum in Moscow. She particularly enjoyed the works of Amedeo Modigliani and Auguste Rodin. As a patron of the Moscow State Conservatory, she maintained subscriptions to concert series, opera, ballet, and theater. She did not allow the pandemic venue closures to interfere with her passion for the arts and listened to live stream performances of Metropolitan Opera at home.
Nataliia is survived by her son Nikolay Kondrikov (Tatiana) of North Brunswick NJ, granddaughter Ania Khislavskiy (Aleksandr), and two great-grandsons Andrew Khislavskiy and Anthony Khislavskiy of Cranbury NJ, and also leaves her sister, Irina Garanina of Moscow Russia, nephews Sergei Garanin (Nataliya) and Aleksey Garanin (Julia) of Moscow Russia. She is predeceased by her beloved husband of fifty years, Boris Kondrikov.
All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nataliia Kondrikova’s name to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.
Arrangements are under the direction of M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ.