After losing her husband Mike in 2011 after a lengthy battle with Melanoma, Chapter Leader Lyn Kienholz was searching for like-minded women to whom she could relate; that were also looking for ways to honor their past but live and thrive in the present. She found Carolyn, MWC and the rest is history!

“Modern,” for us, means, “Living for today while honoring yesterday.” We currently have widows who range from ages 26 through 65+ and every person’s voice is precious and valuable. It’s a space to laugh, cry, contemplate, dream, and empower leaving all judgments at the door. Come as you are and leave when you need to–it’s that casual.

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  Meet our Leaders

Leader:  Lyn Kienholz

Lyn was widowed at the age of 33 when her husband Mike died after a lengthy battle with Melanoma. She started the Modern Widows Club Minneapolis West Chapter in December 2013. Lyn is a public speaker sharing her widowhood journey, Modern Widows Club and how others can support widows within their community. Lyn works for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Minneapolis. She remarried in June 2013; she and her husband Jeff share a life in Waconia, MN (a Minneapolis suburb) with their blended family of 6 children ranging from 9-15. Lyn enjoys spending time on the lake, vacationing with friends, reading, and finding a great deal of cute shoes.

Chapter Co-Leader – Sharon Crooker

Sharon has spent the last 20+ years as a Senior Event Manager, previously with Wolters Kluwer. She has planned and executed a variety of meetings from 20 person board meetings to 3000 attendee’s conferences. Recently, she has started her own event management company and is out on her own now.
Sharon is a widow and lost her husband of 26-years, Chris, to Sarcomatoid Kidney Cancer on July 29, 2015. Chris and Sharon have two adult children, Calvin (28) and Cassidy (22). She shares her home with four dogs that keep her busy. Sharon’s hobbies include, driving her sports car, riding motorcycles and creating memories with friends and family.