The Village at Marymount Hosts Toy, Clothing Drive

The Village at Marymount, in conjunction with the Salvation Army, is coordinating a Toys for Tots toy and clothing drive. The drive runs from November 20 to December 18 at The Village at Marymount.

New or gently used toys and clothing will be accepted at three locations throughout The Village at Marymount: The Villa St. Joseph lobby, Marymount Place lobby, and outside the office of Villa St. Joseph Administrator Dan Storey on the second floor.

Cash donations, and checks made payable to The Village at Marymount, will be accepted so that new items can be purchased to enhance this effort. Deadline for cash/checks donations is December 18. All items will be picked up by the Salvation Army.

For additional information about this drive, please contact Parkisha Fayne at 216-332-1984 or Leigh Ann Casarona-Sperk at 216-332-1982.


Photo: Garfield Heights seniors show off their Thanksgiving crafts.

Garfield Heights Seniors Enjoy Lunch, Craft-Making

The Village at Marymount hosted a group of senior citizens from the Garfield Heights Senior Center on November 13.  While interacting with the Garfield Heights Senior Center is nothing new for The Village at Marymount, this event marked the first time in many years that the seniors ventured to our lovely campus. 

The seniors enjoyed lunch prepared by The Village at Marymount’s Chef Vito Simonetta and completed a Thanksgiving Day craft with Director of Marketing Liz Pencak-Frangos.  And to top it all off, everyone was pleasantly surprised to see Jeff Myers, The Village at Marymount’s Chief Operating Officer. Jeff stopped by to welcome the group, say hello, and admire the artwork.

Everyone left after enjoying a wonderful lunch and took home a beautiful hand-crafted centerpiece for their holiday table.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Annie Stahl, activities assistant at the Garfield Heights Senior Center, and the seniors from the senior center for providing The Village at Marymount with this opportunity,” Pencak-Frangos said.


Photo: Sister Barbara Ennis enjoys a game of Solitaire in the Marymount Place Community Room.

#WeGiveCatholic To Benefit Programs For Residents

For the second consecutive year, The Village at Marymount will participate in #weGiveCatholic, a one-day giving event that provides Catholic schools, parishes, Catholic Charities sites/programs, special ministries, and nonprofits affiliated with the Diocese of Cleveland, the opportunity to connect with their current donors and establish relationships with new donors.

The event runs from midnight to 11:59 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28.

“We’ve identified Home Away From Home as our theme for #WeGiveCatholic,” said Leigh Ann Casarona-Sperk, Director of Development. “We are seeking additional funding to enhance our Life Enrichment programming, specifically for electronics, for our resident. Many residents enjoy using laptops and tablets for fun and educational purposes.”

Sister Barbara Ennis, a Marymount Place resident, reiterated the need for these items.

“The support of individuals like you will continue to make Marymount Place, and The Village at Marymount, my Home Away From Home,” Sister Barbara said. “As someone who uses electronic devices for fun, as well as for my daily morning prayers and weekly Bible studies, additional funding for these items truly is needed and appreciated.”

The goal of the day is to raise awareness and funds for Catholic organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. #weGiveCatholic is a fun and exciting way to come together as faithful stewards and “Give Catholic” on Giving Tuesday, a globally-recognized day of giving.

For more information, and for ways you can donate to The Village at Marymount, contact Leigh Ann Casarona-Sperk at 216-332-1982. On Nov. 28, you can give to The Village at Marymount through at


Photo: Resident Jane Whittle prepares to decorate a pair of socks for a Puerto Rican victim of Hurricane Maria.

Residents Put Best Foot Forward, Send Socks To Puerto Rico

It’s been more than a month since Hurricane Maria, classified as a Category 4 storm, slammed into Puerto Rico on September 20. The hurricane devastated the country, forever changing the lives of the 3.4 million residents impacted by the storm.

The magnitude of Hurricane Maria hit home at The Village at Marymount. Led by Renee Latimer, the Life Enrichment Department started a project to send socks to elderly and children at nursing skilled facilities and hospitals in Puerto Rico. Renee collected nearly 70 pairs of socks through donations; residents hand-painted socks to make them more colorful.

In addition, residents of the Continuing Care Unit and Clare Hall hand-made watercolor-painted inspirational cards for Puerto Rican residents. Renee cited residents Robert Loud, Mary Prijatel, Sister Mary Brinkman, Jane Whittle, Leonides Oconer, Dorothy Horne, and Edward Prosak among those who embraced and contributed their talents to the project.

“My heart went out to the people in Puerto Rico because of what I believe is the lack of attention our government is giving them,” Renee said. “Living in the intercity most of my life, feeling their struggles somehow consumed me.

“This charitable project was not only good and inspiring for the citizens of Puerto Rico, but we at The Village at Marymount also felt a sense of inspiration for being able to extend our help to those in need.”

Renee will gather the socks and cards and give them to a local Puerto Rican relief organization who will deliver them to Puerto Rican people in need.

“The staff, volunteers, and the resident came through — especially the residents,” Renee said. “There was a tough and dedicated few that put in their time and artistic work to make the sock send off a success.”

Photo: Peggy Mathews receives the OALA award from COO Jeff Myers, left, and Administrator Dan Storey.

Peggy Mathews Wins OALA Award

The path that Peggy Mathews took to become the only administrator in the history of Marymount Place began on Oct. 10, 1988 when she was asked to establish congregate or independent living for Marymount Hospital in a building within a strip shopping plaza on McCracken Road across from the hospital in Garfield Heights.

Working out of that small facility Peggy helped to create a model suite – portions of which still exist today — for prospective residents and family members to view while Marymount Place was being constructed.

Peggy recently was honored for her hard work and devotion to Marymount Place and its residents by receiving an Honorable Mention in the Ohio Assisted Living Association’s Honoring Excellence Awards Program.

“The Honoring Excellence Awards are given annually,” said Jean B. Thompson, OALA executive director. “This year we had many deserving candidates nominated in all categories.”

Peggy was nominated in the Executive Director/Administrator category. Peggy was presented with the certificate during yesterday’s staff Town Hall meeting.