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Retirees - Reporting
Deaths to the Pension Fund
If a retiree or beneficiary dies, benefits may either
continue unchanged, continue on a reduced basis, or stop
altogether, depending on the situation and the type of
benefit payment option selected at the time of
It's important to notify
the Administrative Office as soon as practical following the
death of a retiree, spouse, or beneficiary and
you will be instructed how to proceed.
If a retiree, or spouse of a retiree dies, the
Office will need a copy of the death certificate.
If there are pension benefits remaining, a certified
copy of the death certificate will be needed.
A beneficiary need not return the pension payment for
the month in which a retiree dies; however, if the
beneficiary receives any payments for the months
following the retiree's death, they will need to be
returned or repaid to the Trust.
Your beneficiary designation should be kept up to
date to be certain that benefits will be paid in
accordance with your wishes. Your spouse is
automatically your beneficiary if you are married. If you do not name a
beneficiary on your
or if your named beneficiary does not survive you, the
benefits will be paid in the following order: to your
surviving spouse, children, parents, the
beneficiaries named in your last will and testament if
the will is admitted into probate within 90 days of the
date of death. No death benefits will be paid if
you do not have any of the beneficiaries named above,
and die without naming a beneficiary.