THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2022 Page 19 PASSING | FROM PAGE 9 But there were plenty of details of an impressive life that appeared in the obituary approved for publication by his family, which noted that he was born in Malden, but “lived most of his adult life in Saugus.” “Marty was a true American patriot who served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1960-1964,” according to the obituary. “He also served in the Massachusetts National Guard from 1981-1998. Following his retirement from the MBTA in 1992, he became a reservist with FEMA and served in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 terrorist attacks among many other deployments,” the obituary continued. “His community service was extremely important to him. He was active in the Saugus veteran community including serving as the Chair of the Monument Park Committee and on the Board of the Saugus Veterans Relief Fund. He was also a member of the Portuguese American War Veterans in Peabody, where he served as the fi nancial overseer.” Other community service activities included volunteering with the Saugus Lions Club, at the Saugus Food Bank and with Catholic Relief Services following Hurricane Mitch in 1999 when he went to Nicaragua to rebuild a bridge. Graney was the husband of the late Patricia Graney. He leaves his children: Mark Graney and his wife Sandra Harris-Graney, Kristine Graney Foye and her husband Robert Foye, and Sean Graney and his wife Vanessa Stalling; several grandchildren; several siblings; and his long-term companion, Patricia Rosa. In lieu of fl owers, donations are being requested for the Saugus Veterans Relief Fund, courtesy of Veteran Services Offi ce, 298 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906. OBITUARIES Jennie C. (Del Grosso) Hittinger Of Saugus, formerly of Revere, age 91, died on Monday, April 18. She was the wife of the late Richard Hittinger. Born in Boston and raised in (Beachmont) Revere, Mrs. Hittinger was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Crusch) Del Grosso. A resident of Saugus for the past 21 years, Jennie loved bowling. Mrs. Hittinger is survived by 5 children, Robert Hittinger and his wife Donna of Saugus, Doug Hittinger and his wife Marie of Middleton, Lawrence Hittinger of Saugus, Joyce Hittinger-Molloy and her husband Joe of Saugus, and Janis Cannata and her late husband John of Saugus; daughterin-law, Stacy Hittinger; nine grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Scott Hittinger; and three sisters, Maryann, Lilly and Catherine. In lieu of fl owers, donations in Jennie’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions at caredimensions.org. Savvy Senior BY JIM MILLER When to Expect Your Social Security Checks Dear Savvy Senior, I am planning to retire and apply for my Social Security benefits in July. When can I expect my first check, and is direct deposit my only option for receiving my monthly payment? Almost 62 Dear Almost, Generally, Social Security retirement benefi ts, as well as disability and survivor benefi ts, are paid in the month after the month they are due. So, if you want to start receiving your Social Security benefi ts in July, your July benefi ts will be distributed in August. The day of the month you receive your benefi t payment, however, will depend on your birthdate. Here’s the schedule of when you can expect to receive your monthly check. If you were born on the: • 1st through the 10th : Expect your check to be deposited on the second Wednesday of each month. • 11th through the 20th : Expect your check to be deposited on the third Wednesday of each month. • 21st through the 31st : Expect your check to be deposited on the fourth Wednesday of each month. There are, however, a few exceptions to this schedule. For example, if the day your Social Security check is supposed to be deposited happens to be a holiday, your check will be de9. Due to losing players to World War II, what two teams temporarily combined to form the Steagles? 1. April 22 is Earth Day, which began in what year: 1970, 1980 or 1990? 2. What novel includes the fictional communities of West and East Egg? 3. In 2014, Zhongdian, a city in China, was renamed what from the novel “Lost Horizon”? 4. What in the human body comes in arches, whorls and loops? 5. On April 23, 1635, the fi rst U.S. public school was founded where? 6. Which country has the most pyramids (over 200): Egypt, Morocco or Sudan? 7. April 24 is National Pigs in a Blanket Day; what fi ctional female chef included a pigs in a blanket recipe in her “Cooking for Kids” in 1957? 8. Who is the Roman god of wine? 10. April 25 is World Penguin Day; is a puffi n a type of penguin? 11. What animal can clean its ear with its tongue? 12. What does equinox mean? 13. On April 26, 1954, what mass polio vaccine testing began? 14. What literary character did Basil Rathbone play in 14 fi lms? 15. What perennial opponent of the Harlem Globetrotters have also been temporarposited the previous day. And, if you are receiving both Social Security benefi ts and SSI payments, your Social Security check will be deposited on the third day of the month. You should also know that for Social Security benefi ciaries who started receiving benefi ts before 1997, their Social Security checks are paid on the third day of the month. To get a complete schedule of 2022 payment dates, visit SSA.gov/pubs/EN-05-100312022.pdf. Receiving Options There are two ways you can receive your Social Security benefi ts. Most benefi ciaries choose direct deposit into their bank or credit union account because it’s simple, safe and secure. But if you don’t want this option, or you don’t have a bank account that your payments can be deposited into, you can get a Direct Express Debit MasterCard and have your benefi ts deposited into your card’s account. This card can then be used to get cash from ATMs, banks or credit union tellers, pay bills online and over the phone, make purchases at stores or locations that accept Debit MasterCard and get cash back when you make those purchases, and purchase money orders at the U.S. Post Offi ce. The money you spend or withdraw is automatically deducted from your account. You can ily called the Boston Shamrocks, Atlantic City Seagulls and World All-Stars? 16. On April 27, 1791, who was born who became an American inventor and artist and developed a code? 17. Where in the body would you fi nd aqueous humor? 18. Which country has the world’s 10 coldest cities? 19. What is another word for aubergine? 20. On April 28, 1778, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a law allowing who to enlist in the Continental Army? check your balance any time by phone, online or at ATMs. There’s also no cost to sign up for the card, no monthly fees and no overdraft charges. There are, however, some small fees for optional services you need to be aware of, like multiple ATM withdrawals. Currently, cardholders get one free ATM withdrawal per month, but additional monthly withdrawals cost 85 cents each not including a surcharge if you use a non-network ATM. To learn more, visit USDirectExpress.com or call 800-333-1795. When and How to Apply The Social Security Administration recommends that you apply for benefi ts three months before you want to start receiving checks. This will give you enough time to make sure you have all the needed information to complete the application. See SSA.gov/hlp/ isba/10/isba-checklist.pdf for a checklist of what you’ll need. You can apply for your Social Security benefi ts online at SSA.gov, by phone at 800-7721213, or in person at your local Social Security offi ce – call fi rst to make an appointment. Send your senior ques t ions to : Savvy Senior, P. O. Box 5443, No rman, OK 73070, or vi s i t SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “ The Savvy Senior” book. ANSWERS 1. 1970 2. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3. Shangri-La 4. Fingerprints 5. Boston (Boston Latin School) 6. Sudan 7. Betty Crocker 8. Bacchus 9. The Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers 10. No; unlike a penguin, a puffi n can fl y. 11. Giraff e 12. Equal night (During the equinox night and day are of equal time.) 13. Salk 14. Sherlock Holmes 15. The Washington Generals 16. Samuel F.B. Morse 17. The eye 18. Russia 19. Eggplant 20. African American soldiers

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