Mildred Reinhardt Sporny, known to her friends as Millie and to children as Nana, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Millcroft in Newark, DE. She would have been 96 on June 6th.
Millie was born in Baltimore, MD, on June 6, 1915, daughter of the late Minna (Luckhardt) and Charles Reinhardt. As a young girl, Millie studied piano and matured into a piano teacher and organist at St. Johns Lutheran in Linthicum, MD. She and Jimmy Sporny met at Glen Burnie High School and were a very handsome couple. They married and moved to Philadelphia, PA, in 1938. Their daughter, Louise, was born in 1940 and their son, Stanley, seven years later. Their move to suburban living took the family to Hatboro, PA, where they lived until 1971.
In Hatboro, Millie became involved in St. Johns Lutheran Church and was the organist for a decade. Music was loved and The Metropolitan Opera was on her radio Saturdays and subscriptions to the Philadelphia Orchestra were purchased annually. Millie rarely missed a Phillies game, first on the radio, then on television. She celebrated her 90th birthday with much fanfare at a Phillies game.
During every stage of her life, Millie was the consummate volunteer in that she was professional, dependable, optimistic, and a joy to be with. Over the years, she made cancer dressings, mentored adolescent delinquent girls, prepared meals for the homeless, worked in the church office every Friday in her 80s, worked the polls, and donated every Wednesday to travel to Philadelphia to help with her twin grandchildren from 1970 until preschool. Her friends were many and lasted a lifetime.
In 1971, Millie, Jim, and Minna Reinhardt, her mother who lived with them for twenty years until her death two months shy of 100 years, moved to Chapel Hill in Newark, DE. Once again their church, St. Pauls Lutheran, was their anchor for volunteerism, friendship, and their faith. Millie volunteered and spent hours weeding St. Pauls Memorial Garden and, when she no longer weeded, she served lemonade. In Chapel Hill, Millie and Jim were famous for their Christmas Party Carol Sing and the Sing-a-Long Party in February to brighten up the gray skies of winter.
Millie and Jim traveled the world. They traveled to Sri Lanka to visit Stan during the 10 years he lived there with his family. Nana managed to stay in touch beautifully with her grandchildren long before email and Skype. They particularly loved Egypt, the Holy Land and Maui. Millie continued to travel after Jims death in 1990, and greatly enjoyed her time in Paris.
In her later years, Millie made many new friends after moving to Millcroft in Newark. She delighted in spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren and great granchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, Millie was preceded in death by Stan, and brothers, Charles G. Reinhardt and Louis Reinhardt. She is survived by her daughter, Louise Curl Adams (Peter Adams) of Upper Darby, PA; grandchildren, Victoria Wolgin (Josh), Forrest Curl (Claudia), Manu Sporny (Monica Leicher), Rasmi Hunt (Ben), and James Sporny; and great grandchildren, Arianna, Sacha, Wyatt, and Tennessee Wolgin, and Wolfgang and Saigon Curl.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Millcroft for their many kindnesses to Millie during her residence.
A vesper service will be held at 7 pm on Friday, May 20, 2011, at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 701 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE. A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Glen Haven Memorial Park, 7215 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD.
The family requests your thoughtful gift be made to St. Pauls Church Memorial Garden, 701 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE 19713 or to Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.
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