LENDVAY, Vera Elfer Zathuretsky, 86, of Halstead Road, Richmond, died after a long illness on January 21, at Spring Arbor of Salisbury, Midlothian Va., where she had been a resident. She was the widow of Andrew Lendvay, a talented longtime Philip Morris food chemist; he preceded her in death in 1998. A founding member of Congregation Or Ami, Chesterfield, Vera was a Hungarian refugee, a Holocaust survivor, both from Hitler and from Communism. She came to America after the '56 Hungarian Revolution, with her first husband, Ede Zathuretsky, director of the Franz List Academy of Music, Budapest. Professor Zathuretsky was known as one of the 20th Century's great violinists. Tragically, he died after only a few years in America. Vera Lendvay was a concert classical pianist and music teacher her whole life. A graduate of the Franz List Academy of Music, Budapest, she was known and loved as the "tough European" piano teacher in Richmond, the demanding, dedicated teacher for young private talented students, often teaching them for whatever their parents could afford. She also taught piano on the faculties of William and Mary, and at University of Richmond, and at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her piano students in Richmond often won awards and scholarships. Vera Lendvay is survived by two nephews, Peter Foldes, Whitehall, Pa., and Steven Foldes, Miami, Fla.; and a niece, Susan Coquin, St. Martin, Netherlands Antilles; several grandnephews, grandnieces, a great-grandnephew; a cousin, Panni Somogyi, Pleasantville, N.Y.; stepdaughter and stepgranddaughter, Susan Lendvay and Lisa Wilkens, both of Virginia Beach. Vera is also mourned by her many talented students and their families. During the last years of Vera Lendvay's life, her students and their families were still her "closest friends and caregivers," who lovingly ministered to her. Chief among those was the family of Jann and Shayn Lin, Chesterfield, Va., and their son, Christopher Lin, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Vera's ashes will be interred at Beth Israel Temple Cemetery, Hazleton, Pa., later this Spring.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.