Lida Brodenova, 88, a producer and teacher of Czechoslovak opera who as a young woman sang in operas and recitals in Austria and Czechoslovakia, died Sept. 10 at George Washington University Hospital. She had heart ailments and had suffered a stroke.
Mrs. Brodenova had staged 17 opera performances, 12 of them Czechoslovak, since moving to the Washington area in 1954. The most recent was "Dratenik" in 1983 at Mount Vernon College. In 1978, she produced at Lisner Auditorium what was believed to have been the first fully staged U.S. performance of Dvorak's opera "The Jacobin."
Among Mrs. Brodenova's other productions were "The Bartered Bride," "The Kiss" and "Two Widows" by Bedrich Smetana and two versions of the Czechoslovak folk tale "Rusalka," one by Dvorak and the other by the composer Dargomyzhsky.
Most were produced on a shoestring budget, using local performers singing in Czech, with moonlighting members of the National Symphony in the orchestra pit. Most productions were at high school and college auditoriums and lasted no more than three days.
Mrs. Brodenova, a resident of Washington, was born in what is now the Czechoslovak city of Brno, where she studied at the music conservatory. As a young woman she appeared in more than 20 opera roles and gave song recitals in Russian, Czech and French. In 1932, she won a bronze medal in an international vocal competition in Vienna.
With her husband, Boris Brodenov, she immigrated to New York in 1940. There she sang in Czechoslovak and Russian opera productions and helped organize benefit performances for war refugees.
After moving to the Washington area, Mrs. Brodenova was named voice teacher and choral director at what then was Mount Vernon Seminary and College in 1957. She served in that capacity through the 1960s.
Her husband died in 1960.
There are no immediate survivors.
LeROY J. HANSEN
Foreign Correspondent, Editor
LeRoy J. Hansen, 68, retired foreign editor of U.S. News & World Report magazine, died of cancer Sept. 11 at his home in Potomac.
Mr. Hansen was born in Eagle River, Wis., and attended the University of Wisconsin for three years before joining the Marine Corps in 1943. He served in the Pacific during World War II and participated in combat operations at Guam and Iwo Jima. After the war he served with U.S. Occupation forces in Japan.
Following his military service, Mr. Hansen graduated from the University of Southern California, and then served 17 years with United Press International and its predecessor organization, United Press. He was assigned in Asia for 11 years and was based in Tokyo. He covered the Korean War, the Korean armistice negotiations and was Asian news editor for UPI.
He joined the staff of U.S. News in 1965 and spent five years as West Coast regional correspondent before joining the magazine's staff in Washington in 1970. He was a staff writer, general editor and deputy foreign editor. In 1980 he was named the magazine's foreign editor. He retired in 1985.
Mr. Hansen was an enthusiastic fisherman and had a second home at Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, Md.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Michiko Hansen, whom he married in Tokyo, of Potomac; and three children, Teresa Ashley of Virginia Beach, Dane Hansen of Falls Church and Mark Hansen of Potomac.
CATHERINE R. LUSK WARREN
Catherine R. Lusk Warren, 82, a retired chemistry teacher and home economics official in the D.C. public school system, died of cancer Sept. 3 at her home in Sarasota, Fla.
Mrs. Warren was born in Cleveland. She graduated from what is now Case Western Reserve University, where he also received a master's degree in chemistry. She did further graduate work in education at American University.
In 1942, she moved to the Washington area and joined the D.C. school system as a chemistry teacher. She began teaching at the old Central High School, but spent most of her career at Anacostia High. She remained at Anacostia High until the early 1960s, when she was named assistant supervisor for home economics of the school system. She retired in 1972 and moved to Florida.
Mrs. Warren also taught English as a second language during summer sessions at Georgetown University.
She was a member of the Canadian Club of Washington, the Ohio State Society and the Virginia State Society. A former resident of Arlington, she was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church there.
Her first husband, Walter Lusk, died in 1956.
Survivors include her husband, LaRay M. Warren of Sarasota.
CLINTON H. BURNES
Clinton H. Burnes, 85, retired chief of the department of advanced highway planning at the Federal Highway Administration, died of emphysema Sept. 3 at his home in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Mr. Burnes was born in Minnetonka Mills, Minn., and attended the University of Minnesota. He was a civil engineer for the Minnesota Highway Department before moving to the Washington area and joining the staff of the Bureau of Public Roads in 1958. He retired in 1971.
A former resident of Kensington, Mr. Burnes moved to Florida on retirement.
He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Kensington.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Burnes of Palm Harbor; nine sons, Dean Burnes of Dallas, Douglas Burnes of Morris, Ill., Clinton H. Burnes Jr. of Bloomington, Minn., Bruce Burnes of Minot, S.D., Keith Burnes of La Crosse, Wis., James Burnes of Cloque, Minn., David Burnes of Bangor, Maine, Jon Burnes of Germantown and Gene Burnes of Palm Harbor, Fla.; three brothers, Merlin Burnes of Ojai, Calif., Donald Burnes of Fresno, Calif., and Robert Burnes of Palo Alto, Calif.; a sister, Jane Johnson of Brainerd, Minn.; and 30 grandchildren.
RUBEN E. SNESRUD
Ruben E. Snesrud, 82, a retired director of classification personnel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a former Lutheran choir director, died Sept. 11 at the National Lutheran Home for the Aged in Rockville. He had a stroke.
Mr. Snesrud, who had lived at the Lutheran Home for about five years, was born in Kasson, Minn. He moved to the Washington area in 1937 and settled in Silver Spring. He worked for a laundry while attending Benjamin Franklin University, where he graduated with a degree in accounting.
In the early 1940s he went to work for the War Department. He later joined the Defense Department, and he retired in 1972.
Mr. Snesrud was a member of Augustan Lutheran Church in Washington, and he directed its choir for 25 years. In the 1940s he founded the National Lutheran Chorus, which performed concerts for many years. He was a member of Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, where he played golf.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred R. Snesrud of Rockville; two children, Robert A. Snesrud of New Carrollton and Nancy E. McKean of Selbyville, Del.; and five grandchildren.
ELIZABETH MARCIA COOK GREEN
Social Security Secretary
Elizabeth Marcia Cook Green, 88, a retired secretary at the Social Security Administration and an area volunteer, died at Mount Vernon Hospital Sept. 11 after a heart attack.
Mrs. Green, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Pennsylvania. She grew up in Oklahoma and came to Washington in 1921 as a secretary on the staff of Rep. Alice M. Robertson (R-Okla.).
In the mid-1920s, Mrs. Green went to the State Department. She was a secretary there until the late 1930s, when she transferred to what is now the Social Security Administration. She retired in 1968.
Mrs. Green was a volunteer with Meals-On-Wheels and a member of the board of lady managers at Alexandria Hospital. She was a member of the National Association of Retired Persons, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and Trinity United Methodist Church in Alexandria.
Her husband, S. Hugh Green, died in 1967.
Survivors include a daughter, Marcia Green Eschmann of Alexandria; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Louis Palmer, 82, a retired assistant general counsel at the General Accounting Office, died at Suburban Hospital Sept. 10 after a heart attack.
Mr. Palmer, who lived in Kensington, was a native of Cedar City, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah and its law school.
He came to the Washington area in 1935 to attend George Washington University law school. A year later, he joined the General Accounting Office. Over the years there, he received three meritorious service awards. He retired in 1973.
From 1974 until 1983, he was an ordinance worker at the Washington Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Dagma S. Palmer of Kensington; two children, Robert Louis Palmer of Oxon Hill and Marian Mieremet of Rockville, and a grandchild.
EARLDINE SMITH NEGUS
Earldine Smith Negus, 61, a former Internal Revenue Service clerk, died of cancer Aug. 30 at a hospital in Miami.
Mrs. Negus, who lived in Stuart, Fla., was born in Fairmont, W.Va. She moved to Washington in 1942 and graduated from Eastern High School.
As a young woman she worked at the IRS for about 15 years.
She moved to Florida in the early 1970s.
Her husband, Ralph Negus, died in January.
Survivors include two sons, John and Dale Negus, both of Miami; a twin sister, Geraldine Downey of Vienna; and two brothers, Glenn Smith of Salem, W.Va., and Jack Smith of Burtonsville.
RHONDA M. PLEASANT
Lifelong Area Resident
Rhonda M. Pleasant, 36, a lifelong resident of the Washington area, died Sept. 10 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after a bone marrow transplant for Hodgkin's disease.
Mrs. Pleasant, who lived in Fairfax, was born in Arlington, and she graduated from Madison High School in Vienna.
Survivors include her husband, James C. Pleasant; and three daughters, Melissa, Jessica and Karen Pleasant, all of Fairfax; her mother, Marlene Rives of Vienna; and two sisters, Robin Caldwell of Middleburg and Brenda Bromley of Great Falls, Va.