Matthew J. Wachowiak, 57, IBM Software Engineer

Matthew_WachowiakMatthew J. Wachowiak, 57, of Haverhill, passed away May 24.

Born on June 17, 1959, in Springfield, to Gloria and the late Melvin J. Wachowiak, he grew up in Enfield, Conn., and graduated from Enrico Fermi High School. He attended the University of Connecticut and graduated with a bachelor's from the University of Massachusetts and a masters from Lesley University, and enjoyed describing himself as a lifelong learner. He was most recently employed by IBM as a software engineer with the Watson Group.

Wachowiak is survived by his two children, Matthew Jr. of Haverhill and Sarah of Methuen; mother, Gloria Wachowiak; two brothers, Christopher (Nancy), and Carl Wachowiak; sister, Mary (Jeff) Ballachino; sister-in-law Joanne; many nieces and nephews; and a large group of supportive friends. He was predeceased by his brother Melvin Wachowiak Jr.

Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of his life Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 S. Main St., Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830.