Confusion almost led to insurance company not paying life insurance claim following death of Federation’s Cathi Gitchoff

Federation President B. Dean Webb, insurance rep and friend of Labor Pam Monetti made it right

DREW GITCHOFF (right), husband of longtime Greater Madison County Federation Secretary-Treasurer Cathi Gitchoff, is presented with a check for $4,000 by Federation President B. Dean Webb (center) and Pam Monetti, a representative for American Income Life Insurance company following Cathi Gitchoff’s accidental death last April. The company had initially believed the Federation’s policy had been canceled, but Webb and Monetti worked to straighten out the confusion. – Labor Tribune photo

East Alton, IL – The Greater Madison County Federation of Labor had an unusual ceremony at its Sept. 23 meeting – payment on a group life insurance policy that almost wasn’t paid following the death of the Federation’s longtime secretary-treasurer, Cathi Gitchoff.

For decades, the Federation has had a $4,000 life policy on all of its delegates with American Income Life, a union-supporting insurance company. But in this case, the payment didn’t come through. After many years with no claims filed, workers at the company apparently believed the Federation had canceled its policy.

“They said I canceled it, and that never happened,” Federation President B. Dean Webb said at the meeting. He took the matter to company representative Pam Monetti, a well-known activist for union causes.

“Pam worked hard and got it reversed, and so she is here to present a check to (Cathi’s husband) Drew for the accidental death of Cathi,” Webb said.

Cathi Gitchoff was president of AFSCME Local 799 and a longtime employee of the Madison County state’s attorney’s office. She died at home on April 5 at age 66.

Drew, an investigator for the Becker Schroader Chapman law firm in Granite City, came to the meeting to accept the check.

The Gitchoff family’s Labor ties run deep. Drew Gitchoff was named the Labor Leader of the Year in August by the Granite City SOAR chapter of retired steelworkers.


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