Sydney Ann Olson Tjas

1937 ~ 2023

On January 8, 2023, our wonderful Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Cousin and friend departed from her loved ones and into the arms of her Heavenly Father.

Sydney Ann Olson Tjas was born in Logan, Utah, on December 20, 1937. She married Charles Philip Tjas on August 20, 1959, in Evanston, Wyoming, later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple July 27, 2001.

Mom's greatest love in life was her family. She relished spending time with her granddaughter; this she said “made her heart sing.”

Mom was in the Monument Park 9th Ward Primary for 28 years. Children brought joy to her soul. She enjoyed dinner and holidays with cousins and friends, trips with her family and watching old musicals. She loved the scent of fresh flowers, reading and music from from the fifties.

Mom was an angel when caring for others and knowing their needs. When Dad became paralyzed she had many trials but was an example to us with her patience. She always put others first.

Mom was a peacemaker, fixer and problem solver. Mom appreciated every kindness shown her and wanted to thank her dear family and precious friends.

Mom is preceded in death by husband Charles, son Ronald Gene, her parents, and her sisters Carolyn Parker and Linda Spikes.

She is survived by her son Jeffery, daughter-in-law Jessie and granddaughter Jennifer of Salt Lake City; nieces Kathy (John) Reimer of Arizona and Rachel (John) Goates of Salt Lake City; nephews Paul Parker and Ryan (Laura) Parker of California, and John Spikes Jr. of Salt Lake. We also wish to thank the staff at Active Home Health and Hospice for their help at a difficult time.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 11:00 AM at the Wasatch Hills Ward in Salt Lake City, 2255 Wasatch Drive, with a viewing one hour prior to services. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City.


Spending the holidays with you Jenny Lynn and Jessie and ur son was the highlight of my year every year since I moved her when I found out you passed away I cried, because you reminded me of my grandmother a woman who was loved by everyone that loved her grandkids and family you will be missed Syd thank you for all of the laughs over the last 3 years that I have known you it has been a pleasure to know you. I love you Syd almost as much as Lane does. Fly high sweet grandmother and dear friend.

- Amber White

My cousin Syd will be greatly missed. She was my sounding board, always endorsing me. She loved my family to was always asking about them and bearing our burdens with us.
She was an example of strength when Char became paralyzed and laid still for several years.
It was our family tradition to have a big Christmas dinner with Syd’s family and all my siblings. It was the highlight of Christmas and she brought light with her.
My heart celebrates with her as she joined Char and many family members.
I love you cousin Syd.

- Beverly Schenk Hansen

We adored Sydney. She brought so much light and happiness to any room she entered. Her love and thoughtfulness will be sorely missed. Jeff, Jessie and Jen, our thoughts are with you all at this incredibly difficult time.

All our love,
Deb and Jason

- Deborah and Jason Killpack

what a wonderful lady she was. my heart goes out to the whole family.

- Brooke Carnahan (Schenk)