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. Modern Widows Club Minneapolis West Chapter launched in December 2013. Lyn loves to share her story of loss, grief and gratitude and how Modern Widows Club can support widows within their community. Lyn works for Radisson 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. Lyn enjoys spending time on the lake, vacationing with friends, reading, and finding a great deal on cute shoes.

Chapter Co-Leader – Jennifer Bichanich

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Chapter Co-Leader – Shelly Machacek

Shelly’s husband, Supe (Jerry), died unexpectedly 4 days post-surgery less than a year after he was diagnosed with Colon Cancer.  Becoming a Widow at 47 wasn’t something she was prepared for, but finding Modern Widows Club has shown her that you can continue to live and thrive.  Being there for new widows, to help them see that as well, has become a passion for her.  Shelly and her two teenage daughters live in Cologne, MN – about 30 miles west of Minneapolis.  Shelly works in Client Services and spends most of her free time at her daughters sporting activities.