Michael Hardesty, 69

Sun commercial artist

January 06, 2007

Michael Joseph Hardesty, a retired Sunpapers commercial artist, died of lung disease Dec. 30 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 69.

Born in Baltimore and raised near Greenmount Avenue, he attended Polytechnic Institute and Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School. He later earned a General Educational Development certificate.

He joined the Sunpapers in the early 1970s as a commercial artist and retired about five years ago. He had worked earlier for Tate Engineering.

He enjoyed playing the drums in marching bands and appeared in local parades as a member of the Yankee Rebels. He also played golf, and sang and danced with local theatrical groups.

A funeral Mass was offered Thursday at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Lynne Lauer; a daughter, Helen Hardesty of Baltimore; three brothers, Gregory Hardesty of Madison, Ga., Allen Hardesty of Lawrenceville, Ga., and John Hardesty of White Marsh; and three sisters, Patricia Sommers of Woodlawn, Frances Schreiber of Towson and Joan Adams of Phoenix. A son, Michael J. Hardesty Jr., died in 1995.

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