Concert Pianist, Professor
Roman Lebedev, 62, a well-known concert pianist and professor of piano at the Washington Conservatory of Music in Bethesda, died of a heart attack July 8 at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. He lived in Baltimore.
Dr. Lebedev, a native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, received his doctorate in piano performance before teaching at what was then the Leningrad Conservatory for 37 years. He first came to the region in 1989 as part of the Towson University-Leningrad Conservatory exchange program in dance and music. His recital at Towson drew four encores, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Dr. Lebedev subsequently was invited to Towson University several times as a visiting professor; he gave recitals and master classes and was a visiting faculty member for a year. He had bee non the faculty at the Washington Conservatory of Music since 2000, and he continued to teach at his alma mater, now known as the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
In 2004, Dr. Lebedev had a heart attack while performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic in Alexandria. He returned to perform in April.
His students have won prestigious piano competitions and have had successful careers as performers and teachers. During his own career as a concert artist, he played in Finland, the former Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, Germany, South Korea and the United States.
A 2003 review in The Washington Post said: "Roman Lebedev's Haydn is not for the fainthearted. The pianist's reading . . . was stark, fragmented, restlessly searching. Clusters of notes seemed to fight their way out of the silence, make their way haltingly, then tumble back into silence. That this unsettling take on Haydn worked as well as it did is a tribute to Lebedev's concentration and scrupulous control."
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Saryana Lebedev of Baltimore; a daughter, Natalia Sheina of Finland; a sister and stepbrother in St. Petersburg, Russia; and two grandchildren.
Janice M. O'Donohue
Scarlet Thread Owner
Janice M. O'Donohue, 74, owner of the Scarlet Thread needle craft shop in Fairfax City and a former real estate broker, died June 30 of complications of parathyroid disease at her home in Fairfax.
Mrs. O'Donohue was born in Steward Manor, N.Y., where she graduated from high school.
As the wife of a career Army officer, she lived in France, Hawaii and England before settling in Fairfax County in 1967. She became a real estate broker in 1966, first for Long and Foster and then as the principal broker for Airston Builders.
She opened the Scarlet Thread in 1990, and it quickly became one of the premier cross-stitch needle craft shops in the area. She had customers from around the United States and from abroad. A prize-winning cross-stitcher, she also sponsored annual exhibits to encourage other hobbyists to display their designs and work.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, retired Army Col. John D. O'Donohue of Fairfax City; four children, Tim O'Donohue of Fairfax City, David O'Donohue of Swansboro, N.C., Judy O'Donohue-Gordon of Fairfax City and Cathy O'Donohue of Los Angeles; and two granddaughters.
Joyce Rollins Payne
Joyce Rollins Payne, 79, a retired church secretary, died of cancer July 7 at Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park, Fla., where she lived.
Mrs. Payne, an Alexandria native who graduated from George Washington High School, moved to Florida in 1962. She worked as the parish secretary at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., for 15 years, then became the pastor's secretary at First United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg for another 15 years.
She enjoyed reading while sitting on a dock.
Her marriage to Clarence Payne ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, Belvey Payne and John Payne, both of St. Petersburg; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Lois Elaine Schloss Pustilnik
Lois Elaine Schloss Pustilnik, 85, an administrator with insurance and prescription agencies, died of lung cancer July 10 at Golden Age Retirement Home in Gaithersburg.
After raising her family, Mrs. Pustilnik joined Group Dental Inc., a consortium of dentists in Washington, in the late 1960s. As an office administrator, she helped organize group dental coverage for union members.
From the mid-1970s until retiring in the mid-1980s, she was a quality assurance officer for Associated Prescription Services in Baltimore.
Mrs. Pustilnik was born in Baltimore and attended Goucher College. She was a founding member of Temple Sinai in Washington and was active in a number of Jewish charitable organizations.
She lived in Silver Spring from 1949 to 1969, then she moved to Gaithersburg. She later lived at Leisure World in Silver Spring.
She was a devoted fan of the Washington Senators and the Washington Redskins, as well as University of Maryland and University of North Carolina sports teams.
She was an outspoken political liberal and, according to daughter Robin Elvove, "There was no one with whom she would not argue, and no one who could change her mind on any subject."
Her husband of 51 years, Jack Pustilnik, died in 1993.
Besides her daughter, of Ijamsville, survivors include two sons, Michael Pustilnik of Annapolis and Robert Pustilnik of Richmond; three grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.
Sarah See Seigel
Foreign Service Instructor
Sarah See Seigel, 60, an instructor in the administrative training department at the Foreign Service Institute from 1991 to 1996, died of breast cancer July 12 at Capitol Hospice of Arlington.
Mrs. Seigel joined the Foreign Service in 1979, initially working on human resource issues. She later was posted for two years to Paris, where as a consular officer she approved visas and assisted Americans abroad.
From 1983 to 1988, she was assigned to the Near East Bureau at the State Department in Washington, and her responsibilities included the staffing of task forces and crisis management training. She also worked on special projects and recruited people to work in Near East posts, with special emphasis on opportunities for women. In addition, she worked as administrative manager for Southeast Asia posts.
She was named special assistant to the comptroller of the State Department in 1989, before joining the Foreign Service Institute. She retired in 1996.
She was born Sarah Helen See in Northampton Mass. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Smith College in 1966 and a master's degree in library science from Rutgers School of Library Science in New Jersey in 1967.
Her first job was at the Library of Congress from 1967 to 1970. She worked in Bangkok with UNESCO in the regional office for Education in Asia and in Vientiane, Laos, with the Asia Foundation. In 1971, she returned to the Washington area and worked for the Federal City College in the Institute of Gerontology.
From 1973 to 1975, she lived in Frankfurt, Germany, with her then-husband, a Foreign Service officer. When the family returned to the United States, she became active in the Forum of the Association of America Foreign Service Women and eventually took over leadership of the forum, which did advocacy work for spouses of foreign service officers.
During her tenure, the forum worked to improve benefits, training and work opportunities for family members. She supervised the preparation of presentations made to Congress and the secretary of state. Her work with the group resulted in the strengthening of the Family Liaison Office.
Her marriage to John Pitts ended in divorce.
She enjoyed gardening, reading, playing the piano and spending time with friends.
Mrs. Seigel was a member of Christ Church in Alexandria, where she served in the Chancel Chapter and the Senior Adult Group and on the Spiritual Retreat Committee. She also was a member of the Washington Smith Club.
Survivors include her husband, Lester Seigel of Arlington, whom she married in 1993; two sons from her first marriage, Michael Pitts of New York and Eric Pitts of Santa Fe, N.M.; her mother, Sarah See Gavin of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; two stepchildren, Laura Seigel and Jonathan Seigel, both of McLean; two sisters; a brother; and two step-granddaughters.