Sonya Lamonica

Sonya Lamonica, assistant executive director of the Los Angeles AFTRA local, died Oct. 27 of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 65.

Born and raised in Chicago, Lamonica relocated to Los Angeles in 1946. She joined the AFTRA staff in 1961 as a clerk in the commercials department.

In 1977, she became AFTRA’s director of commercials and phonograph recording departments. In 1983, she was promoted to assistant executive director, a position she held until her retirement last month.

Highly regarded throughout the industry and labor movement, Lamonica enforced and negotiated dozens of national AFTRA radio and television agreements.

She was honored at AFTRA’s 60th anniversary celebration on Oct. 16with an honorary membership card.

She is survived by her son Tracey and mother.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the AFTRA building, 5757 Wilshire Blvd.

Family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations in her name be sent to the American Cancer Society or the Wellness Center.

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