Northern Chesapeake Community and Support Group for Widows
Our Mission for Widows
We serve to empower widows to lean into life, build resilience and make a positive difference in society.
Modern Widows Club is designed to create a safe and private environment for widows to lean into life together through the journey.
We are the club no one wants to be in because you only get in by virtue of experiencing a great loss. Yet what I hope you find once you’re here is that you’re surrounded by a community of really amazing women that you can lean on and learn from. We’re widows helping widows to live– to go upward and onward. Sometimes we cry and sometimes we laugh. We talk about how to tackle challenges without our husbands’ help and cheer each other on. We often share food as we do this, because who doesn’t like to eat?
When a woman loses her husband she tends to feel very alone. Regardless of her age or circumstances, she can use other women in her life who understand the unique challenges she is now faced with. She needs women who will build her up and encourage her in this new life she walks. We are stronger together. No woman is an island. We need each other.
Meet Our Community Advocates
Nancy has had a diverse career in higher education, business and the nonprofit sector. Currently she is the Director of a regional higher education center and remains very active in her community. Volunteering and giving back have been the cornerstone of her personal philosophy. Nancy was married for 15 years to Jerry and they have a daughter adopted from Russia in 1999. Following her husband’s unexpected death from a very rare and invasive form of testicular cancer in 2010 she knew at some point she wanted to do something to help widows learn to live again. She sought out different groups and ultimately found MWC and felt an immediate connection. She reached out to MWC and waited patiently for the opportunity to begin an MWC Community in Maryland. Nancy’s life has been enriched by her recent marriage to Michael and she is focused on a future that is built on the foundation of her past but crafted with a new vision for living that captures all the wonderful possibilities ahead.
Irmgarde has enjoyed two careers: one as an actress and director in New York, Indianapolis, and Atlanta and a second career as a librarian and library manager with the Harford County Public Library in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Born of immigrant parents from Latvia, Irmgarde was raised in a bi-lingual environment/culture. She has a Master’s Degree in acting from New York University as well as a second Master’s degree in Information Science from Florida State University. She and her husband, Mike, moved from Atlanta to Havre de Grace in 1986; ten years later they adopted two sons from Latvia (ages 4 and 5), and eight years after that, they adopted a fifteen year old teen from St. Petersburg, Russia. The family worshiped and served at Restore Church and volunteered with various arts and sports organizations. Mike and Irmgarde celebrated 32 years of marriage on October 30, 2014 and on December 13, 2014, Mike died in his home of a massive heart attack (a man of good health, exercise, and healthy eating and no family history of heart disease). Irmgarde recently became a grandmother for the first time and remains focused on her faith, spirituality, writing, photography, and living positively.