After losing her husband Mike in 2011 after a lengthy battle with Melanoma,  Lyn K. searched for like-minded women to whom she could relate; that were also looking for ways to honor their past but also live and thrive in the present. She found Carolyn and  Modern Widows Club and was inspired to start the first Minnesota Chapter of MWC.


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What began as a small gathering of widows around Lyn’s kitchen table in the fall of 2013, soon grew to serve 100’s of widows in the Minneapolis Metro Area, some widows traveling as much as 200 miles round-trip to attend a monthly social hour.

With the continued growth of MWC, Lyn has now stepped into the role of MWC East Regional Director. She has handed over the leadership roles of the Minneapolis West Chapter to Jennifer B., Shelly M., and Alicia Manley.

“Modern,” for us, means, “Living for today while honoring yesterday.” We currently have widows who range from ages 25 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.

  Meet our Leaders

Chapter Leader:  Jennifer B.

Jennifer is a writer, speaker, teacher, dreamer and dog lover. She lost her husband in 2015 in a tragic fire that took his life and destroyed the historic building, a 130 year old church in rural Wisconsin, that they had renovated and used as an architectural studio and community gathering place.

A random invitation from a stranger led Jennifer to MWC. It was there that she found the loving support that she needed to help her heart heal. She is grateful for the amazing women of MWC and especially Carolyn Moore for her vision, inspiration, and courage to blaze a trail and shine her light.

Chapter Leader:  Shelly M.

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.

Chapter Leader: Alicia M.