April 30, 1954 ~ May 4, 2019
"Now, we must learn to live without the beloved center of our world."
Vera Kondratieff Young left us on May 4, only a week after her 65th birthday after a two-year-long struggle with illness. Vera was born on April 30, 1954, in Kansas City, Missouri, daughter to parents, Johanna and Boris Kondratieff who had immigrated from Germany that same year. In 1966, after their father had died, the family started a new life in Greeneville, TN, at Tusculum College. Here Vera graduated from Greeneville High School, in 1972, where she was voted "wittiest" student of the year. Along the way, Vera attended Plymouth State College in Plymouth, NH, and received her degree from Tusculum College in 1980. At Tusculum, she met and fell in love with her husband Jim Young and together they moved to Virginia to pursue their teaching careers and start a family. In 1988 the family moved to Ogden where they fell in love with Utah and the many friends they would make there. Vera had a long career as a Special Education teacher at Mount Ogden Junior High School where for 30-years her kindness and empathy touched the lives of so many of her students.
Vera is survived by her husband Jim Young, sons Yuri and Sveva, daughter-in-law Carlie Benson, sister Kyra Hudson, brother Boris Kondratieff, brother-in-law Thomas Hudson, nephew and nieces Julian and Kiki Hudson and Maiya Kondratieff. A memorial service will be held for Vera at the Lindquist Mortuary on 3408 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401, on May 12, at 3 pm.