Georgia Sweet Dirksen
Butler Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center
900 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL
Georgia Sweet Dirksen, 75, of Springfield, died at 11:36 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2021, at Villa Healthcare in Sherman.
Georgia was born on August 1, 1946, in Springfield, the daughter of Dean Stuart and Patricia (Harnett) Sweet. She married George Dirksen on October 19, 1968, in Springfield.
Georgia graduated from Springfield High School in 1964 and earned a bachelor's degree from Sangamon State University. She worked as a Flight Attendant for TWA, a tour guide for the State Capital Building, and for the Illinois Department of Transportation until her retirement. Georgia was very active in the local theater community for the majority of her life. She played the leading roles in numerous productions at the Springfield Muni Opera, the former Theater Center, New Salem Theater in the Park, and many other venues. She loved acting and directing theater productions, singing, and vocal performances. Her community theater career was quite impressive. She had 13 leading roles, directed four productions, and was the assistant director for two as well. She was most proud of her work in My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, Sweet Charity, Gypsy, Hello Dolly, and Love Letters.
In addition to her expansive community theater presence, she was a local and regional voice-over personality. Georgia was a Springfield Muni Opera Trustee, Trustee Emeritus, and a former member of the Muni Board of Managers. She volunteered at the Dana Thomas House as a highly-requested docent. Her biggest joy in later life was loving and playing with her grandchildren.
Georgia was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Roger D. Sweet.
She is survived by her husband, George of Springfield; daughters, Patricia Dirksen and Elizabeth (Michael) DuVall, both of Springfield; grandchildren, Kaden and Hailey DuVall; and sister, Barbara (Ron) Sweet Dugan of Phoenix, AZ.
Cremation will be provided by Butler Cremation Tribute Center.
Memorial Gathering: Family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Butler Funeral Home – Springfield, 900 S. Sixth St., Springfield. A Memorial Ceremony will follow at 4:00 p.m. with The Very Rev. Daniel J. Bergbower, V.F. officiating. Illinois COVID-19 guidance will be followed, requiring face coverings.
Private burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Springfield Muni Opera, P.O. Box 2255, Springfield, IL 62705, or the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 2309 W. White Oaks Dr., Suite E, Springfield, IL 62704.
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Memorial Gathering
1:00p.m. - 3:45p.m.
Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center - Springfield
900 S. 6th St., Springfield
Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center - Springfield
900 S. 6th St., Springfield
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George & family so very sorry for your loss. May your special memories together help ease your loss.
Cynthia Emerick
November 24, 2021
My sweet Georgia!! I am so sad to read about this lovely lady´s passing. She was a true joy to be around. Her smile and her love for singing would light up the room. I got to work with Mrs. Georgia often and would enjoy every minute of it! The time spend will always bring me joy! I send my love to the entire family!
November 23, 2021
I am very sad to read of Georgia´s passing and offer my sincerest condolences to her family. It was my honor and pleasure to sing and dance with Georgia at Muni. She was a bright,shining star!
Toni Kohorst Miller
November 20, 2021
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