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PATRICIA ANN WAITE


Patricia Ann Waite (Funk-Archer) age 78 of Cedar Springs gained her wings peacefully surrounded with love by her family on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. She was comfortable and in no pain. She was born to Ernest and Mary Archer on December 17, 1941, in Perrington, Michigan. Patricia adored her family and was passionate about her faith, always trusting in God with all her heart. Patricia worked 30 years as a custodian for Kenowa Hills Public School. She enjoyed attending church, reading, camping, vacationing, a fan on Elvis Presley, and just spending time with loved ones. Patricia is survived by her loving children, Joseph (Janette) Funk of Trufant, Debra Sue Funk of Cedar Springs, Timothy Funk of Ravenna, Judy Lynn Pease of Clermont Florida, many adored grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings Ernest (Gerry) Archer Jr. of Howard City and Marilyn (Jerry) Beemer of Sand Lake. She was proceeded in death by her sons Richard Funk and Kenneth Funk Jr., latest husband Floyd Waite and first husband Kenneth Junior Funk Sr. and both parents. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October, 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Friday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m. at The Springs Free Methodist Church in Cedar Springs. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Masks are required at the visitation and service. Pastor Dallas Burgeson officiating. Interment North Ensley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice or the National Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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RICHARD D. TOMPKINS


Richard D. Tompkins, 65 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Mr. Tompkins was born September 11, 1952 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Richard and Barbara (Knoll) Tompkins. He enjoyed gardening, his tractors, hunting in the U.P., and hanging out with his brothers. He loved his grandkids and was known as grandpa candy. Surviving are his wife, Shirley (Miller); children, Brooke Scott & Marshall Dillon, Brian (Kelly) Tompkins, Bridget (Jeff) Johnson; grandchildren, Elly (Cody), Emma, Etta, Nick, JR, Ainsley, Autumn, Peter, Jase, Zach, Gracie, Abby; mother, Barbara Tompkins; sisters, Cheryl (Alfred) Dines, Nancy (Rocke) Pennington, Susie (Tim) Price; brothers, Jim (Patty) Tompkins, Ray (Yukiko) Tompkins, John (Denise) Tompkins; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and in-laws, Jarvis and Gladys Miller. The family will greet friends Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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ROBERT W. STEELE


Robert Steele

Robert Steele

Robert W. Steele, 70, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 at St. Mary’s Mercy Health Center. Mr. Steele was born October 16, 1944 in San Jose, California, the son of William and Ruth (James) Steele. He enjoyed fishing and euchre and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Kevin (Christine) Steele, Debbie (Eric) Townes, Thomas Steele & Crystal Wrench, Kyle (Cheryl) Steele, Andrew (Branin) Steele; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Walt “Butch” (Robbie) Steele; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Linda in 2013; great-grandson, Jesse Lewis; sister, Luella Bunker; brothers, James, Howard, and Chuck Steele. The family  greeted friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no funeral service. Private family interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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New hope for kids battling kidney disease


 

Researchers are optimistic that new study pinpointing some of the reasons kidney disease progresses to kidney failure in children could eventually keep many kids off dialysis and transplant lists. Photo credit: Irvin Calicut/Wikimedia Commons.

Researchers are optimistic that new study pinpointing some of the reasons kidney disease progresses to kidney failure in children could eventually keep many kids off dialysis and transplant lists. Photo credit: Irvin Calicut/Wikimedia Commons.

By Mona Shand, Michigan News Connection

New hope is on the horizon for children suffering from chronic kidney disease, thanks to the results of a study that, for the first time, identifies some of the factors that can lead to kidney failure.

Dr. Bradley Warady was the co-principal investigator on the study, which looked at nearly 500 children with chronic kidney disease over 10 years.

Warady says many people don’t realize that kidney disease can have a profound effect on a child’s growth and development.

“Not only can you develop an inability to remove waste products and fluids, but you may be very short, you may have poor nutrition, you may have poor growth,” he explains. “So it impacts the global development of the child.”

Warady adds the risk factors investigators uncovered, including high blood pressure anemia, and protein loss, are treatable, and the hope is that addressing those issues will keep kidney disease from progressing so that children can avoid having to go through dialysis or even transplants.

Warady points out chronic kidney disease is not as common in children as it is in adults, but it can be much more challenging to treat.

He says the good news is that many of the underlying issues investigators uncovered can be successfully managed.

“If we can do that, maybe, I can’t say for sure yet, but maybe we have a chance of altering the progression or the worsening of chronic kidney disease,” he says.

The study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, is published in National Kidney Foundation’s American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

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