Carol L. Kearney, 69, the heart and soul of the YMCA of Montclair for over 37 years, died on March 16 at her home in Glen Ridge.

A memorial service for Kearney will be held on April 14, at 11 a.m. at the Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave., Montclair.

During her time with the Y, she served in various roles, including fitness director, leading the Active Older Adults Program, and advisor to the Women’s Program Committee. Kearney’s endless work on the Montclair Run for 35 years helped bring the community together and make it a celebrated and anticipated event each spring.

Her passion and dedication to health and wellness and her outstanding ability to build community helped shape the Y of Montclair into what it is today.

“The Y is like my family,” said Kearney in 2011. “It’s the best thing that happened to me. It’s the connections that I have at the Y that are just so special. I’ve met so many people and I’ve been able to inspire people.”

Both in and out of the Y, Kearney showed the meaning of caring through her love, kindness and selflessness. Her personal touch was felt by anyone who came in contact with her. Her genuine concern for other people was like no other.

Kearney was predeceased by her parents, Mildred and Charles Hunt. In addition to her daughter, Amanda, she is survived by her husband, Tony, her brother, Roger, a niece, Christy Markle, and nephew, David Hunt.

Donations in Kearney’s memory can be made to the YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park St., Montclair, N.J. 07042 and the Glen Ridge Volunteer Ambulance Squad, 3 Herman St., Glen Ridge, N.J. 07028.