Henrietta R. Levin, 70, a retired stenographer in the criminal division of the Justice Department, died Thursday at Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.

She had worked at the Justice Department from 1961 until retiring last month. A resident of Arlington for eight years, she had recently moved into the Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church.

Born in Austria-Hungary, Mrs. Levin came to this country as a child and first lived in Baltimore.

She lived in Galveston, Tex., before moving to Washington in 1940. She operated several gift shops in Northeast Washington before joining the Justice Department.

Mrs. Levin, had been a founding member of two synagogues in Northeast Washington, and had been active in the River Terrace Citizens Association there.

She had been a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Red Cross Grey Ladies. More recently she had been a member of Toastmasters International and president of the Justice Department Gavel Club.

She is survived by a son, Henry S., of East Greenwich, Conn.; two daughters, Mildred Reinhardt, of McLean, and Bess Radding, of Arlington; a brother, Bernard Einbinder, and three sister,Ida Perkins, Pauline Fain and Goldie Baker, all of Suburban Maryland, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.