Sonya Reinhart, a longtime supervisor in the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Operations who had been a child actress, died July 18 of a massive coronary at Sinai Hospital.
The Owings Mills resident was 82.
The daughter of a tailor and a homemaker, Sonya Benjamin was born in Baltimore and raised on North Avenue.
When she was 3, Mrs. Reinhart, who could sing and dance, became a member of Uncle Jack's Kiddie Club, which performed at the Hippodrome Theatre.
"She came from a family of performers, and her mother was a stage-door mother. Some of them went on to work in Hollywood and on TV," said her son, Frank Reinhart of Mount Washington. "She sang and did tap dances. She did not continue her theatrical career but was still being recognized by her fans as she became a senior citizen."
Mrs. Reinhart continued performing with the children's troupe until she was 15, family members said.
After graduating in 1946 from Western High School, Mrs. Reinhart went to work as an office manager for the company Public Service.
She later worked for the Baltimore Police Department as a clerical worker before joining SSA at its headquarters in Woodlawn in 1961.
Mrs. Reinhart rose to become a supervisor in the agency's Office of Disability Operations, where her specialty was dealing with victims of black lung disease.
She retired in 1984.
Mrs. Reinhart, who had lived in Owings Mills for more than 30 years, enjoyed playing the piano.
"She was a very good classical pianist," her son said.
Mrs. Reinhart was married in 1948 to Joseph Reinhart. The couple enjoyed traveling and had driven cross-country four times. They also enjoyed taking cruises.
Services were held July 20 at Sol Levinson & Bros.
In addition to her husband, an engineer who is retired from what is now Lockheed-Martin Corp., and her son, Mrs. Reinhart is survived by a daughter, Marcia Sachs of Owings Mills; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times