It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Janet Belanger, our beloved Childcare Director, on the morning of December 28, 2021.

Janet Belanger dedicated her life to early childhood education and worked tirelessly to make every child feel welcome. Janet was hired as the Preschool Director in September of 2000, and expanded her role to Child Care Director in July 2011 to oversee not only the Cambridge YMCA Preschool, but also the Afterschool & Summer Programs. Though she never had any children herself, Janet treated each child in her care as though they were her own and was always a compassionate listener when a parent needed support. A dedicated teacher, committed child advocate, and caring mentor, Janet impacted the lives of many hundreds of children, parents, staff, and colleagues who were blessed to know her over the course of her 21-year career at the Cambridge YMCA.

To continue Janet’s legacy of providing early childhood education, the Janet Belanger Memorial Fund has been established at the Cambridge YMCA in her memory. Donations to this fund will be used to provide childcare tuition assistance and scholarships to our child care programs for underprivileged children for many years to come.

Please consider donating by clicking the link below:



You may also donate to the Janet Belanger Memorial Fund by making checks payable to the Cambridge YMCA and mailing them to:

Cambridge YMCA
Attn: Janet Belanger Memorial Fund
820 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139


Acknowledgement of all donations will be shared with Janet’s family.


The Cambridge YMCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Federal Taxpayer I.D. #04-2103960. All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law.

5/31/22 Update:

We’d like to thank everyone who has donated to the Janet Belanger Memorial Fund. The outpouring of support in Janet’s memory has truly been a testament to the many lives that she has affected. To date, we have raised $30,313, which ensures that we will be able to offer scholarships to both our Preschool & After School Programs for the 2022-23 school year.

If you haven’t yet, please consider donating to the Janet Belanger Memorial Fund. Thank you for all your support!




Belanger, Janet F. (Stynes) of Malden, December 28, 2021 at age 59.

Devoted wife of Kevin W. Belanger. Beloved sister of Susan Nardone and her late husband Nicholas, Donna Goneua and her partner Joyce Bates, James Stynes and his wife Charlotte. Loving aunt of Dorothy Nardone, Nicole Nardone-Leavitt, Jack Gonaeu and Steven Goneau. Cherished great-aunt of Lucy Leavitt and Nicholas Leavitt. Also survived by many other loving relatives and friends.

Visiting hours at the Rogers Funeral Home, 380 Cambridge Street in Cambridge on Sunday, January 2, 2002, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

Funeral mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue in Cambridge on Monday, January 3, 2022, at 10:00 am.

Janet was the Child Care Director at the YMCA in Cambridge for over 21 years, a former employee of the East End House in East Cambridge and was well known and respected for her commitment and dedication to early childhood care.

Cambridge Massachusetts Covid -19 guidelines, requires everyone attending MUST wear a mask while in the funeral home and the church. Social distancing is recommended whenever possible.