She was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and was a 1993 graduate of Williamsville North High School where she was president of the Vocal Music Department, vice-president of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Science Olympiad Team. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1998 from Beloit College in Chemistry and Physical Anthropology.
She was a principal analyst at Genzyme and had worked there for the past 14 years.
Meredith lived in Europe as a child, and in recent years traveled around the country and world with her roommate, Jennifer Strand, where she kayaked, hiked, and snowshoed. She cherished her cats, Cleo and Sam, and was a voracious reader, lifelong student, lover of all things science fiction, and an amazing cook.
She is survived by her parents, Dr. Leonard L. and Marilyn J. Matz of Appleton, N.Y.; her sister, Michelle (Matz) Wartak and husband Martin of Cambridge; her paternal grandmother, Ruby Matz, of Lac du Flambeau, Wis.; and six aunts and uncles, Karen and Dean Ferguson, Gary and Theresa Jones, Dennis and Ann Matz, Eric and Betsy Matz, Peter and Ann Matz, and Timothy and Ellen Matz, as well as 18 cousins.
Meredith will be dearly missed by her family and friends, and remembered for her wonderful smile, quick wit, kindheartedness, and love of nature.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m., at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston, with visitation from 1-3 p.m. Her funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7147 Ridge Rd., Lockport, N.Y., where she was a cantor, with visitation prior to the service at 10 a.m. She will be buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Arbor Vitae, Wis., following a brief service at Nimsgern Funeral Home, Woodruff, Wis.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Meredith can be made to Sterling Animal Shelter (http://www.sterlingshelter.org), 17 Laurelwood Rd., Sterling, MA 01564.