Monday, August 3, 2015

Getting ready for trip to Ohio

My wonderful neighbor Dave came over with his tractor and got the road in good shape again.  Thank goodness!  And thank Dave!

Today I called MetLife regarding Marshall's annuity and I learned that this check will continue to come.  Evidently when we set this annuity up we decided to take a smaller monthly check so that we could get rights of survivorship.  That was very good news.

Also, the Clerk called today to tell me the death certificate is finally ready so I can now finalize all of the various claims.  I won't be able to finish up with the VA benefits (which is the most important one) until I get back from Ohio next week.

I got Marshall's wedding ring from the jeweler and I am now wearing it.  It is a very special reminder of him.

I've got the car all packed and ready to take off for Ohio Wednesday morning.  I am not crying as often now but I imagine the memorial service will be tough.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Good neighbors

One neighbor came over today to look at Marshall's guns and fill me in on what they were.  Marshall wanted his guns to go to (1) my brother Bob; and (2) his nephew Hank.  Now I have at least an idea of what they are.

Another neighbor is coming over tomorrow morning with his tractor to see if he can help fix up my road (here's a photo so you can see what it looks like) -- I really like living way out in the mountains but when things like this happen I question my sanity.  This road is the only way to and from my house.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Social Security

I went to the Social Security office today and learned that since my Social Security check is more than Marshall's, I do not get any survivor benefits.  His check is now discontinued and I will continue to get mine.  And that's that.

However, I do get a one-time payment of $255 and I will fill out the application for that payment as soon as I get the death certificate.

So I am making progress ...

Last night we had one heck of a storm and our road almost washed out in one spot.  It is very close to being impassable, very scary.  Marshall always knew what to do in these situations and who to call so I am kind of floundering.  I miss him in so many ways.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Another day of phone calls

First, I was on the phone with AT&T for hours trying to solve cell phone problems and AT&T said the fault was with CenturyLink (our internet provider) so I was then on the phone with CenturyLink and -- you guessed it -- they said the fault was with AT&T.  So I got nowhere and still have cell phone problems.

Then I called Social Security and was on hold for a very long time and finally decided to take the recorded message's suggestion and go to the Social Security web page.  And then the web page's suggestion was that I should probably go to the Social Security office in person, so I will do that on Thursday.  I will need Marshall's death certificate which I'm not sure is ready yet.

But anyway, I read the web page and tried to interpret it and if I am understanding it, I am actually entitled to part of Marshall's Social Security in addition to mine.  There are a series of criteria that have to be met and that has to be done in person.  When I go to the Social Security office on Thursday I should get the definitive answer and I will report back.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A little bit of good news today

Today I started making phone calls to stop Marshall's various monthly retirement-type checks.

The first call was to the Office of Personnel Management for the post office.  Marshall and I both had determined that when he died, I would lose his health insurance as well as his pension check.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I could keep the insurance at a discounted monthly premium.  This is really good news because between Medicare and his Government Employee Health insurance, we did not have to pay a cent for any of his cancer care, so it is very good coverage.

His pension check is going to be discontinued but I will get some sort of prorated "settlement" amount.  It won't be much, but every little bit helps.

I also called the Veterans Service Officer to find out about Marshall's disability check.  According to the VSO I will probably be entitled to continue to receive half of what the monthly amount was.  Of course, it's the VA so I'll believe it when it happens, but that's tentative good news.  He also said that since Marshall was a 100% totally disabled veteran, I am entitled to $2,000 for end-of-life expenses.  And evidently they will also provide a headstone.  Not sure how that will play out with him getting cremated, but we will see.

Tomorrow I have to call Social Security.  I don't expect any surprising news in that department.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Memorial Service

Okay, it is all set -- the Memorial Service info is:

Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 1:00PM
American Legion
539 East South Street
North Baltimore, OH  45872
(419) 257-2158