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The West Side cross-county teams participated in the Cardinal Classic on Sep. 3 and will travel to Idaho Falls for the Tiger/Grizz Invitationa…

John Michael Smith (Mike) of Smithfield, Utah, passed away peacefully at Caribou Medical Center in Soda Springs, Idaho, on September 4, 2022. He is now happily fishing in paradise, pain-free. Mike was born and raised in Logan, Utah, on February 17, 1946, the son of Donald Rodney Smith and Iva Vilate Hancey. He was the youngest of three children. Mike spent most of his childhood years hunting and fishing in Logan canyon. He graduated from Logan High School and attended Utah State University, where he studied aeronautics. He served in the United States Army from 1966 - 1971. Mike married Linda Schenk on November 20, 1971, and they had four children. Mike took great pride in everything he did and loved his family above all else. He enjoyed working at Pepperidge Farms for almost forty years, starting as a machinist and retiring as a project manager. Mike shared his love of the mountains with his family and friends and made many wonderful memories of hunting, fishing, and camping. He was an avid reader and lover of ice cream, took pride in his yard, enjoyed gardening, and fly fishing, was skilled at fly-tying, and could fix anything. After retiring, Mike enjoyed going to coffee with his buddies. Mike is survived by his wife, Linda; children Brett (Krista) of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Joni (Ulysses) Black of Smithfield, Utah, Melissa (Chad) Corbett of Grace, Idaho, sister Geraldine (John) Figg-Hoblyn of Willits, California, nine beautiful grandchildren, and three adorable great-grandchildren with another on the way. He was preceded in death by his son, Shawn, his sister, Patricia, and his parents. We could not have asked for a better husband, dad, poppa, and friend. He taught us the true meaning of unconditional love every single day. We were blessed to have him in our lives and will miss him dearly, but we take great comfort in the knowledge that he will live on in the better parts of us and that we will see him again. We would like to express our deep and heartfelt gratitude to the incredible staff at Caribou Medical Center for their exceptional and compassionate care of Mike during his last weeks. We know he kept you on your toes! Services will be announced in a separate notice. Condolences and memories of Mike can be shared online with the family by visiting www.simsfh.com .

Sonja Baer Schiess, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2022 in Providence, Utah at the age of 84. Sonja was born August 14, 1937 in Lewiston, Utah to Kenneth Mathews and Helen Telford Baer. She was the second of five kids. Sonja absolutely loved growing up in Lewiston and memories from her childhood were some of her most treasured possessions. Sonja married John Kennard Schiess on September 17, 1956 in the Logan Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They made homes in Logan, UT, Chula Vista, CA, Shelley and the last 37 years in Grace, ID. Together they had three children, John David, Julie, and Paul Kennard. Sonja loved her kids so much and was their biggest cheerleader in everything they did. Sonja loved children and her career was involved with them. She worked in the kitchen at schools in Shelley, and in the Special Education department, and as the school librarian in Grace. She loved playing the piano in Primary for many years. Sonja was a people person. She loved socializing, going for rides to town, and being with family and friends. Sonja always loved having people around and she loved giving gifts to show her love. Those who knew her well know that she was very selfless and would give you anything she was capable of. She was honored in the paper a couple of times for her homemaking and her kind acts in the community. Friends and family loved her cooking and will especially miss her homemade bread, chili sauce, and sweet pickles. Above all, Sonja cherished her family. She was always the person who knew what was going on and everyone always received family updates from her. One of her favorite mottos for life was "If I'd known grandchildren were so much fun, I'd have had them first." Sonja is a hero and champion to her family. She has been a fighter and won many battles with her poor health for nearly twenty years. She defeated death a number of times giving us more precious time with her. Unfortunately this last fall was too much. Her body had enough and it was time to return to her heavenly home. We will miss watching game shows with her, sharing a chocolate bar, talking with her on the phone, laughing, telling stories, late nights, hearing her sing, and eating creamies with her. Sonja is survived by her loving husband, Ken, of Grace, Idaho; children, Julie & Lee Briggs of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Paul & Patricia Schiess of Salt Lake City, Utah; 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; siblings Mary & Ron McBride and Kenneth & Linda Baer; and Ken's siblings, Cathie Hansen, Don & Faye Schiess, Boyd & Sherri Schiess, Jean & Speed McPhie, and Janice & Peter Mulder, who are just as much hers as his. She was preceded in death by her son, John David Schiess, twin sister Helen, sister Sandra Johnson, and parents. The family would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers that have taken such good care of Sonja over the years. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Grace Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The family will meet with friends and family on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 6-8 pm and Friday morning from 9-10:30 am both at the church in Grace. Interment will be at the Providence City Cemetery (925 River Heights Blvd, River Heights, UT) at 3 pm on Friday. Condolences and memories of Sonja can be shared online with the family by visiting www.simsfh.com .

Linda Ann Wursten Keller, our beloved mother and dearest friend, passed peacefully from mortality on July 7, 2022, in Logan, Utah, surrounded by her family. She was 80 years old. Linda was born on April 12, 1942, in Pocatello, Idaho, the youngest of three siblings of John Luther (Jack) and Mattie (Pat) Low Wursten. At the age of seven, her family relocated to Idaho Falls, where she spent the remainder of her childhood. She graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1960. While attending Brigham Young University she met Glenn Ridges Keller, to whom she would faithfully dedicate the next sixty years of her life. They were married on October 19, 1962, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple; soon thereafter they established their home and family in Cache Valley. Linda graduated from Utah State University in 1966, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education. She subsequently taught home economics at North Cache Junior High School in Richmond, and consistently volunteered her time and talents in other educational capacities, including as a leader of the PTA, Lambda Delta Sigma sorority at USU, and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Linda's motherly qualities and homemaking capabilities were superb and unparalleled. Whether family, friend, or stranger, all in need of physical, social, or spiritual sustenance were openly welcomed and served in her home, regardless of the hour, situation, or depth of acquaintance. Such visits were accompanied by Linda's remarkable ability to individualize each interaction that reflected a level of caring attention and love rarely equaled, and that left many to marvel at her selflessness. Throughout her life, Linda spoke honorably of and held a fierce reverence for her heritage. She frequently referenced the extreme level of sacrifice her forebears made to emigrate from beloved lands to Cache Valley, a place her Swiss ancestors lovingly called 'Little Switzerland'. Emulating these ancestors, she served for countless hours in the Logan LDS Temple, coordinating youth visits to the baptistery. Her disposition was ever responsive to the warnings and whisperings of the Spirit of God, which ultimately positioned her to save the lives of her family members on multiple occasions. Linda served in many diverse capacities within the LDS Church, and in her beloved Providence. Emblematic of her lifelong devotion to Jesus Christ, from 2006-07 she served with her husband in the Ohio Cleveland-Akron-Kirtland Mission. She strived to galvanize the Ohio youth into greater Church activity, and persistently encouraged their involvement in the Church Educational System. She also served as the scribe for nearly 700 patriarchal blessings. Linda never faltered in her defense of immutable truth, and endured admirably to her appointed end. For this, 'her children arise up, and call her blessed.' Her family includes seven children, 29 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter Julie (Chris) Kelly of Jasper, Indiana, and sons Brent (Linda) of Providence, Brian (Stacie) of Eagle River, Alaska, David (Stacy) of Paradise, Paul (Angie) of Logan, Steven (Megan) of Idaho Falls, and James (Angela) of Browntown, Virginia. She is also survived by her brother Richard (Linda) of Hyrum, and was preceded in death by her late husband, parents, one brother, and one great-grandson. Funeral arrangements will be under the direction of White Pine Funeral Services, where a viewing will be held from 6-8pm on Friday, July 15. Funeral services will be held at 12pm on Saturday, July 16, at the LDS Church located at 155 North 100 East in Providence. An additional viewing will be held prior to the service, from 10:00-11:30am. Those who would like to attend virtually may use the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kdMWpIee71 Interment will be in the Providence City Cemetery. Memories may be shared with the family at www.whitepinefunerals.com