Naděžda Asterová came from a respected family of entrepreneurs. Her grandfather was a constructor who used to build mainly sugar factories and distilleries in Bohemia and Moravia, thus contributing to the Czech land becoming a world power in sugar production. For this reason, the emperor Franz Joseph I. awarded him a title of nobility. Naděžda’s father was also a constructor, who was building Vinohrady, one of the luxurious quarters of Prague. One of his close friends was Karel Kramář, the first prime minister of the independent Czechoslovakia, resulting in Kramář’s Russian wife Naděžda being the godmother, passing her name on little Naděžda.  Naděžda was a unique child. Unfortunately, her father died when she was five years old.

Nevertheless, the family kept living the same way as before – they used to pass the summer in Vienna, the rest of the year staying in Prague. Owing to that fact, Naděžda could speak fluently Czech and German since childhood, also learning English and French. After graduation she was offered a position in the Czechoslovak Airlines due to her knowledge of languages and kept working there her whole life. There she also met her husband Vilém Aster who was 17 years older than she. They had two children, Viktor, who studied medicine and became a specialist in infectious diseases, and a daughter Jitka, the famous film and theatre actress. She had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Vilém Aster and Naděžda Asterová belonged to those members of our Order who substantially contributed to its re-establishment after the fall of communism. They both entered the Order in 1993 when the exiled members were coming back to the Czech Republic and the Grand Priory of Bohemia was being founded. Owing to their vast knowledge, Vilém and Naděžda were quickly advancing in ranksand became members of the Grand Council. They firmly supported Chancellor Josef Kočí, GCLJ who criticised incongruities in the Czech jurisdiction and together they created the Maltese obedience of the Order where Naděžda, DGCLJ had carried out the function of Chancellor for more than 11 years. For her work she received the Grand Cross.She left the function when she was 82 years old, nevertheless remaining an active member of the Order. She had a lot of friends among the members of the Order in the whole Europe, whom she used to meet at investitures and privately, too. In the last five years of her life she had to fight health issues. She died on the 30th of July, only 14 days after her 91stbirthday.

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