Survivor annuity


Q. My grandfather worked as a postmaster in Boyle Heights, Calif., for more than 30 years. He remarried my grandmother after he retired. They were married in 1977, and he passed away in 2003. Is my grandmother able to get part of his retirement pension?

A. Unless he elected a survivor benefit for your grandmother when they remarried, she wouldn’t be entitled to a survivor annuity. Because they remarried after he retired, he wasn’t required to do that.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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