Janie M. Hardesty

March 15, 1947February 7, 2019

Janie M. Hardesty, 71, of Columbus, died Thursday February 7, 2019 at Columbus Regional Hospital, surrounded by friends and family who loved her dearly.

She was born March 15, 1947 in Greenfield, IN, to Henry B. and Mary M. Miller. She graduated from North Vernon High School in 1965.

Janie was a member of Memorial Baptist Church for 40 years. She also worked for the American Heart Association and the MOPS Program at Grace Lutheran Church. She loved being with her family and playing board games with her grandchildren. Janie also loved gathering with “The Gang” and traveling with them.

Survivors include her loving husband of 53 years, Donald Hardesty; daughters, Kimberley Ann (John) Stewart of Arthur, IL and Donna Jane (Robert) Lund of Fishers, IN; siblings, Carol “June” King of Forest, IN and Phillip G. Miller of Columbus, IN; and grandchildren, Graeme, Eilis and Aiden Stewart, and Olivia and Ethan Lund. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 11, 2019 at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th St., with Pastor Kristi Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday, and from 10 – 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials in Janie’s name are suggested to the MOPS Program at Grace Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be left for the family at:

Myers-Reed Chapel is serving the Hardesty family.


  • Donald S. Hardesty, Husband
  • Kimberley Ann (John) Stewart, Daughter
  • Donna Jane (Robert) Lund, Daughter
  • Graeme Stewart, Grandchild
  • Eilis Stewart, Grandchild
  • Aiden Stewart, Grandchild
  • Olivia Lund, Grandchild
  • Ethan Lund, Grandchild
  • Carol "June" King, Sister
  • Phillip G. Miller, Brother
  • Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Janie was preceded in death by her parents and 7 siblings.

  • MOPS Program at Grace Lutheran Church


  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 11, 2019

Janie M. Hardesty

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Terril Pettit

February 9, 2019

Don and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you the peace, strength and courage to face the days ahead.
Janie was an inspiration to many. She reached out in a quiet way to help and support those in need. I will always remember Janie's love, smile and giggle. She and Don were great mentors, teachers and leaders at Memorial Baptist Church. Her loving personality made all feel welcome. I appreciated her kind words of encouragement throughout my life. She is one of many members of Memorial Baptist Church that mean so much to me as she made attending church fun for me as a child and inspired me to live life to it's fullest throughout my life. My last memory of her was a few months ago at a church dinner. As I entered the church, Don greeted me and Janie came out to the foyer and hushed us since the pastor was blessing the food in fellowship hall. I am thankful that Janie was part of my entire life and I will cherish the memories, especially her giggle.
The Memories you have will become Treasures Forever.
God Bless You and your Family.
In Christian Love,
Terry, Aeriel & Caleb

Brenda Planalp

February 9, 2019

Janie was such a beautiful lady inside and out! Growing up at church under her lovingkindness and support built my faith and strengthened my desire to be a woman of God like her. Her care and kindness continued beyond me and to my husband and then to my young children. Bryan and I are praying for God's comfort to surround you all through this great loss.

Max Stroud

February 9, 2019

So sorry for your lose Don.....

Alison Shrader

February 8, 2019

Janie was one of the sweetest ladies, I have been her hairstylist for about the last 4yrs and she was always so kind, genuine, down to earth..she is going to be greatly missed 💕