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SANTACROSS, HELEN M., 80, of New Providence, N.J., a former winter resident of St. Pete Beach, died Friday (Feb. 24, 2006) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. She was born in Newark, N.J., and came here from New Providence as a winter resident in 1974. She was a homemaker and a secretary for Hayne and Co. in New Jersey. She was an Elk and a member of the VFW, the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and St. John's Catholic Church. She was a volunteer for the American Heart Association and a donor to Catholic charities and hurricane relief. She enjoyed gourmet cooking, dancing, theater and gardening. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Michael; a daughter, Michelle Floyd, Summit, N.J.; and two grandchildren. Beach Memorial Chapel, St. Pete Beach.

BENEFIELD, DR. J.C., 84, of St. Pete Beach, died Thursday (Feb. 23, 2006) at home under hospice care. He was born in Haynesville, La., and moved here in 1943 from Houston. He was past president of State of Florida Chiropractic Association and was Baptist. Survivors include a son, Henry Lee, and a daughter, Beverly Jo Diaz, both of Gainesville; two brothers; and a grandchild. Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services, Largo.

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