South Central/South Eastern Wisconsin Chapter Modern Widow Club
South Central / South Eastern Wisconsin Chapter
It is the home to a Modern Widows Club chapter guided by leader, Annette Vogel Cox and Co-leader, Karla Simpson. The original chapter leaders became acquainted during a parent-teacher conference at the high school Annette’s children attended. Eventually, their bond grew stronger with each shared struggle as widows.
Their husbands’ deaths had changed their lives forever, but they were grateful for the chance to help each other refocus and find joy in their lives. They attended grief sessions together and met regularly, encouraging and supporting each other over meals and even during parent-teacher conferences! Striving to affirm and guide others widows to experience the encouragement and understanding they have received, Wisconsin’ s first MWC chapter was formed.
In February 2016, Karla Simpson joined Annette as the new Co-Leader after being an involved member of the chapter. They believe that heart-warming, thoughtful, and productive conversations, shared with fellow widows are extremely valuable. They reach out to other widows through MWC social gatherings the second Monday of each month in a relaxed, comforting environment. They believe that sharing one’s loss, along with learning to trust God’s plan for each of us, can lead to welcoming the future with gratitude and joy. Crossing the bridge from great loss to happiness and fulfillment in life is easier when accompanied by friends.
We meet in leaders’ homes in Janesville, Wisconsin and East Troy, Wisconsin every 2nd Monday of the month.
Meeting Day: Every 2nd Mondays of the Month
Meeting Time: 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Women’s Club , 108 S Jackson St , Janesville,WI
Annette was married for 19 year and had children, 11, 15 and 16 years old, when her husband Steve died from suicide in 2005. She was 46 years old. While grieving and struggling with the sudden loss of her husband, she felt blessed with an extremely supportive family and inspiring friends. She slowly moved through the intense grieving her loss demanded. Annette was extremely grateful for the support she received after her husband’s death, however, she eventually realized that no one like another young widow could empathize and understand the extensiveness and complexity of her grief and the challenges she faced.
Chapter Co- Leader – Karla Simpson
Karla was married for 31 years and had two grown stepchildren and two young granddaughters when her husband, Randy, died in 2013. She was 57 years old. She was blessed to have the love and support of family and many friends at her side. Now, MWC has expanded that support, love, hope and courage to help her move forward into this new chapter of her life without the deep guilt, fear, pain and loss she once experienced.