• CONGRATULATIONS to to all of our employees and our YMCA members who ran the whole or half marathon or the 5k on June 4, 2017!  We are so proud of all of you!!
Prayer Requests
  • Leah
  • Central YMCA Member Leo Jay
  • Monica Tchoryk
  • YMCA member “Phil
  • Board of Trustee member Craig Sheetz
  • YMCA Board of Trustee Member Warren Harrell
  • Central YMCA member Iva (“Mickey”) Harrell
  • Central YMCA member Ron Price
  • Central YMCA HFD member Irving Caraway
  • Long-time Central YMCA member Helen Povtak
  • YMCA Board of Trustee Member Emeritus William Brennan
  • Spiritual Emphasis Committee’s Frank Yeager
  • Central Y members and staff are mourning the loss of their very dear long-time friend and Y member, Richard “Dick” C. Organ. Dick leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Jane (“Francosky”) Organ; two daughters, Joan Ellen “Punky” Organ and Mary Patricia “Patti” (Greg) Dunn; a son, Richard Cooper “Rick” (Jamie) Organ; a brother, Philip Organ; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and Jane’s children, Eric Fisher, Bill Fisher, Matt Fisher and Michele Miller and their families. Our deepest sympathy to Jane and her family. Dick will always hold a special place in all of our hearts.
  • Long-time Central YMCA member Phillip G. Passas will be sadly missed by his wife, Sylvia (Lyras) Passas; his son, George (Jessica) Passas and granddaughter (Josephina); daughter, Renee (Derek) Knepper and granddaughters, Sevasti and Savina; brothers Michael (Popi) Passas and Gus (Arlene) Passas; sister, Sofia (Daniel) Marian; brother-in-law, Dr. Louis (Kathy) Lyras; and all of his nieces and nephews. Our sincerest sympathy to Phillip’s wife and entire family.
  • Long-time Central YMCA member Daniel J. Rovnak will be sadly missed by all his Y friends, but mostly by his family who were so important to him, especially his great-nieces and great-nephews, who brought so much happiness to his life. Daniel is survived by his mother, Patricia Gillam; three brothers, Steve (Janet) Rovnak, Patrick (Angela) Rovnak, and Jimmy (Maria) Rovnak (Y members); a sister-in-law, Cathy Rovnak; ten nieces and nephews and ten great-nieces and great-nephews. Our deepest sympathy to Jimmy and his entire family.
  • Anthony “Tony” Altomare will be greatly missed by all his friends at the YMCA of Youngstown, especially the LIVESTRONG program participants. Tony leaves his beloved wife, Cecelia Sarrazin (who works at the Davis Family Y); his children, Monica (Bruce) Stryffeler, Beth (Mark) Scheller (the Y’s COO); Arin (Teresa) Altomare, Paul (Chrissy) Altomare; and his grandchildren: Arielle, Owen Stryffeler, Jacob, Jordan, Jayden Scheller, and Paige Altomore to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy; his sisters, Judy Rubino, Joanne Booksing, Valerie Aitken, and Pam Barkley; his father and mother-in-law, Leon and Jean Sarrazin; his brothers-in-law, Tom (Terry) Sarrazin, Ken (Pam) Sarrazin, and Joe (Andrea) Sarrazin; any many nieces and nephews. Our sincerest sympathy to Celie, Beth and their entire family. Tony will always be in all of our hearts.
  • Irene D. “Inkie” Hornyak will be sadly missed by her son, YMCA member Richard Hornyak (Paula Phelps). Irene, affectionately known as “Bubby” to her grandchildren, also leaves to cherish her precious memory her two daughters, Christine Hornyak (Hobie Butcher) and Carolyn Kirchner; five grandchildren: Nicholas Bryan, Christopher Bryan, Erin (Adam) Coppock, and Tristan and Trenton Kirchner; two sisters, Margaret Franklin and Kathy (Donald) Coppola; and many nieces and nephews. Our deepest sympathy to Rick and his family.
  • Central YMCA member, Peter Woodlock, is mourning the loss of his sister, Sandra Woodlock. Sandra will be sadly missed by her daughter, Jessica Woodlock, and son, Abraham Holbrook; her grandchildren Ryan, Sophia, and Lillian; sisters Stephanie Woodlock, Roberta Sposato, Andrea Woodlock, and Mary Woodlock; another brother John Charles Woodlock; nieces Emily, Elizabeth, Darcy, Carey, and Haylie; and nephews Mark, Eric, William, and Luke. Our sincerest sympathy to Pete and his family.
  • Davis Family YMCA members, Raymond (Deborah Pearson) Lanzo, are mourning the loss of their son, Ryan John Lanzo. Ryan leaves to cherish his memory his parents; his brother, Ross; grandma Jane Lanzo; nana Betty Pearson; aunt Sharon “Chacha” (Dr. Joseph) Francisco and their daughters, Isabella, Gia and Amelia; aunt Jacki Pearson Bender and her sons, Austin and Stone; uncle Lou (Janice) Lanzo and their children, Alyssa and Jarod; aunt Josie Minnie and her daughters, Jena and Cara; uncle Donny (Mary) Lanzo and their children, Carmen and Lauren; aunt Bertie (John) Verbanac and their children, Johnny and Kiley; uncle Bobby (Carolyn) Lanzo and their children, Kiersten, Kayla and Justin. Our most deepest sympathy to the Lanzo family.
  • Davis Family YMCA member, Jeffrey (Lorraine) Bees, is mourning the loss his sister Elizabeth Ann (‘Betty Ann’) Bees. Betty Ann leaves behind two other brothers, Thomas (Barbara) Bees and Timothy Bees. She was actively involved in the lives of her nieces and nephews and their families, Melissa Fabits, Thomas “Josh” Bees, Jr. (deceased), Ryan Bees, Matthew Bees, Christina Gorney, Kate Solvesky, Bradley Bees, Eoghan Bees and Hugh Bees; ten great-nieces and great-nephews, and one on the way; and her good friend, Bill Lavigna. Our sincerest sympathy to the Bees family.
  • Central YMCA Membership Director, Kyle (Jessica) Hillman, is mourning the loss of his father-in-law, Gerald A. ‘Gerry’ DeFabio. Gerry leaves to cherish his memories, his beloved wife, the former Monica Vasko; his children, Joseph (Sarah) DeFabio and Jessica (Kyle) Hillman; his grandchildren: Joseph, Hayden, and Felix DeFabio and Camryn, Riece, and Rowen Hillman; his siblings, Joseph R. DeFabio and MaryJane (Tim) Isenberg; as well as many nieces and nephews, and brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law. Our sincerest sympathy to Kyle and his family.
  • Anthony ‘Babe’ Esarco will be sadly missed by Central Y members: son, Terrence Esarco, and nephew, Dr. John Esarco and his family. Anthony also leaves sons, Timothy Esaro and Gerald (Beth) Esarco; four daughters, Ann “Toni-Jean” Esarco, Britheen Smith, Patricia (John) Wardle, and Elizabeth Vanover; two sisters; 12 grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Our deepest sympathy to Anthony’s entire family.
  • Central Y members Joseph (Joanne) Simon and David Simon are mourning the loss of their brother, Thomas J. ‘Tommy’ Simon. Tommy also leaves behind to hold onto his memories, his mother, Saada Simon; a daughter, Mara Jude (William Danielson, Jr.) Simon; two granddaughters, Olivia and Chloe, which were the apple of his eyes; his other siblings, Yvonne (Doug) Blegen, Robert Simon, Constance (Ronald) Berardino,  and Denise (Tom) Gorman; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends. Our sincerest sympathy to Joe and Dave and their entire family.
  • Central Y members and staff are mourning the loss of David S. Drabison. David will be sadly missed by his mother, Irene; his wife, Janice (Higley); children, David A.S. (Brittany) Drabison and his grandaughters, Kensington and Jennifer (Robert) Mayle; his siblings, John (Ruth), Diane Clark, Linda (Dan) Moore-Clements and Tom (Maureen); and several nieces and nephews. Our deepest sympathy to Jan and her family.
  • Central Y staff and members are mourning the loss of Emma Louise Schmidt Blackstone Moore. Emma was a volunteer aquatics instructor for the YMCA for more than 50 years. She earned her water safety instructor’s certificate and taught lifeguarding and later led water exercise classes, taught synchronized swimming, and swimming lessons to adults. Emma was honored in 1997 by the YMCA for her 40 years of volunteer service as an aquatics instructor, and at the annual Membership Campaign Kick-Off Dinner she was honored with the Joe Check Award. Emma enjoyed hosting the annual swim class picnic and always held her YMCA family near and dear to  her heart. She leaves one brother, Ted Schmidt of Las Vegas; nieces and nephews, Cheryl May, Ted (Roxie) Schmidt, Larry (Judy) Schmidt, Vicki Lisotto, Jim, Jeff and Jay Blackstone, and Janet Blackstone Kessler; and her dear friends, who Emma looked upon as her own children, Bill and Deb Arnaut. Emma will be sadly missed by all.
  • Central Y member, Edgar (Shirley) Manning, is mourning the loss of his brother, Michael G. Manning. Michael also leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Linda (Wollitz) Manning; his daughters, Meredyth (John Paul) Ray and Jessica (Ian) McKenna; a niece, who was very dear to him, Bridget Keevey, and her son, Devan; siblings Rev. Father Patrick Manning, Kathleen (James) Zidian, Marian (Mark) Acerra, Thomas (Alice) Manning, Martina (Domenic) Marzano, Margaret Bishop, and Liam (Nicole) Manning; grandchildren Madison Ray, Ian McKenna and Rhys Michael McKenna, who will be born in the near future; and many nieces and nephews. Our deepest sympathy to Ed and his entire family.
  • Martin T. ‘Marty’ Timlin, Jr. will be sadly missed by his sister, Central YMCA SilverSneakers member, Kate Timlin-Weily (Bob); his son, Timothy Kilroy Timlin (Nicole); granddaughters Bellina and Talulla; stepgrandaughter Olivia; other siblings: Thomas (Diana) Timlin, Patrick (Karen) Timlin, Mike (Fran) Timlin, and Maureen (Vito) Donofrio; and many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly. Our sincerest sympathy to Katie and her family.
  • Davis Family YMCA SilverSneakers member, Claranne McCloud, is mourning the loss of her son, Thomas L. McCloud. Thomas is survived by his daughter, Mara McCloud; a son, Brady McCloud; his siblings, Don McCloud, Jr. and his children, Dan and Caley McCloud, Patty and Bud Joyce and their children, Ryan Joyce and Katie (Justin) Karzmer and their child Charlotte Clair Karzmer, Megann and Michael Basile and their children Lindsay and Kyle Basile and Daniel and Taylor Martin, Marty and his daughter, Rylee McCloud and Brendan and Kristen and children Carly and Jenna McCloud; his aunts; his special friend, Colleen Cahill; his father-in-law, Ray Dibble; his sister-in-law; and his numerous cousins. Our deepest sympathy to Claranne and her entire family.
  • Steven Sheronovich from Sandy’s Cafe in the Central YMCA is mourning the loss of his father, Stephen J. Sheronovich. Stephen is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Cardelein; his two other sons, Raymond and Robert Sheronovich; his daughter, Laurie Kikel; seven grandchildren; and his sisters, Margaret Schragal, Anna Marie Rohrbaugh, and Donna Dietz. Our sincerest sympathy to Steve and his family.
  • Central YMCA HFD staff, James (Debbie) Petrella. Jr. is mourning the loss of his sister, Linda Petrella. Linda is survived by her only child, Elliott; numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members. Our sincerely sympathy to Jimmy and his family.
  • Beloved community leader remembered. Dennis Edward Ruble passed away September 29. Dennis is survived by his wife, Donnajean (Poulakos) Ruble; a son, Daniel Edward and daughter Dana Elizabeth (James) Moore; siblings Kathy (Jim) Tucciarone, Tom (Alice) Ruble, Donna Ruble, and Jim (Nancy) Ruble; and many nieces and nephews. Dennis was dedicated to the YMCA. As a youth in Youngstown, he was only able to attend because of the Y scholarship program. Thus, this experience turned into a career that spanned the YMCAs of Youngstown, including Camp Fitch where Dennis and Donnajean first met, to Lima, and Sidney. Dennis retired from the Sidney Shelby County YMCA after 25 years as executive director. Dennis will be sadly missed by all.
Thank You
  • YMCA HFD Members that helped/donated to make the HFD exercise room a better place–we THANK YOU:  Marty Altman, Bruce Beard, Don Begezda, Chester Bolendar, Joe Cassese, Johnny Cassiano, J.P. Daliman, Greg Deniro, Ted Dudzik, Dix Fisher, Gene Gage, Dan Garver, Jody Guarnieri, Mark Heschmeyer, Leo Jay, Chris Knight, Alan Kretzer, Andy Kuchmaner, Thom Lodge, Stan Markovitz, Tim Marucci, Nick Mathews, Chuck McCray, Jim Mocker, Joe Mozzy, Tom Mumaw, Larry Olson, Tom Onesti, Ted Roberts, Jeff Saluga, Dave Sefcik, Thom Skovira, Danny Thomas, Johnny Vitullo, and Bud Walker.

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