Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, MI


Ferne Maxine Hardesty

July 1, 1925October 18, 2019

Ferne Maxine Hardesty (nee Stuwe), age 94, of Waterford and formerly of Union Lake, passed away peacefully of natural causes after an evening surrounded by family on October 18, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Lou. Loving mother of Flip (Becky) Hardesty, Joel Hardesty, Susan (Dean) Palmer and Jane (Dave) Drouillard. Proud grandmother of 9, great-grandmother of 5 and great-great-grandmother of 4. Ferne was preceded in passing by her parents, Frank and Loretta Stuwe; and her siblings Lola Neiswender, Deloris Gurney and Jack Stuwe.

Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to March of Dimes.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, November 3, 2019


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Marsha & Ralph Bonner

November 1, 2019

Put this off until the last minute - avoidance won’t make it “all better”; nothing will just now.

She and mom were good friends before mom and dad ever met. Mom and Ferne had as much in common as dad and Ferne did. Different aspects, however. With mom and Ferne, it was the family, the care, the support. With Ferne and dad, it was that (often pessimistic) sense of humor.

I studiously inherited that sense of humor from dad - brought Ferne and I closer. As did blueberries. Having emigrated west, she would do her best to pick some for my annual return to Michigan. She also pressed a maple leaf for me in waxed paper and sent it to Colorado. Aspens? Ok, but nothing like the foliage in MI.

She was with me when my dad left the earth, and in his last days, we, with dad (90 days left for him), took Lou’s ashes to California, as his final wish was to be “buried” in the Pacific (Lou won a bet with dad regarding which cancer patient) would exit first. We picked a cliff outside of San Diego, but when I climbed down to perform the final duty, Lou got the last laugh - sending up a rogue wave that almost pushed me out to sea. Somewhere, there’s a picture, but it must be up there feeding the clouds, ‘cause I can’t find it. We were all LOAO.

I was with her on the day she lost her mom (I was in MI for Xmas). We’d been keeping vigil for, give or take, a week. I don’t remember the date, but she woke me before 6 am, and we were off within less than 15 minutes, under her capable and speedy driving.

I am getting older, now, myself. I remember singing carols to grandma, but was that the day before? Sue and I ate lunch, but I think that was the day before, again.

The last few years, with moving, have been tough. I wasn’t much help, handling her sadness at missing her home and her health.

I am grateful for her, for sharing her family, for teaching me so much.

Love to all of you.

Rick & Debbie Ziem

October 31, 2019

It was always a great comfort to us to have Ferne next door while raising our three children. She was a mentor and friend. We could always count on her for medical advise when it came to the little ones, which was invaluable. We will miss her!!!
So Sorry for your loss, Flip, Joel, Susan, Jane and your families!
We are very sorry that we will not be able to celebrate her life with you all on Sunday, but we are sure that there will be lots of laughs, hugs and tears!
HUGS ❤❤❤
Rick & Debbie Ziem

Dave Frownfelder

October 20, 2019

Some of the best memories were the gatherings of the Frownfelders, Hardestys and the Robinsons. So much laughter and fun, it could almost have been outlawed. The six parents are back together and probably setting the afterlife on its ear. RIP, Ma Hardesty.

Mary Lou Kemmerling

October 20, 2019

Have great memories of the good times we had with Ferne at Sand Lake. Enjoyed the card games, especially euchre. What a fine lady she was!

Gretchen Keohane

October 19, 2019

Many, many great memories of “Ant” Ferne!! Here she is with her grand niece, Mary, ( my daughter) circa 1987 at our home in Andover, MA. She loved babies and kids, and they loved her. ❤️
Ferne will live on forever in our shared memories, so thankful to have been part of her life.