Survivor Assistance Program

Members of SUAA, or their survivors, may seek the assistance of the SUAA Survivor Advocacy Team, a group of volunteers trained by SURS.

Contact Francis Hedblade via email at f-hedblade@wiu.edu. Survivors who are not members of SUAA may become members by sending in the membership application form found elsewhere on this website.

This document is a resource for members of the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) and their survivors. It does not constitute legal, tax or professional advice.


The following documents should be on file with SURS for all annuitants today:

  • Updated beneficiary form, along with current address of all beneficiaries
  • Annuitants birth certificate
  • Survivors birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate or divorce papers