Balala, Michael William, age 86, of Little Ferry, on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Born and raised in Little Ferry, Michael was a lifelong resident. He served his country as a sailor in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After his service, Michael was self employed as a carpenter and builder. He then served as the construction code official for the towns of Little Ferry and Franklin Lakes until retirement. He was a parishioner of St. Margaret’s R.C. Church in Little Ferry and a member of the VFW Post #809 and American Legion Post #1000.
Michael was the beloved father of Kate Ellis, CHT, of Scottsdale, AZ, Karen Young and her husband Christopher of Hawthorne and the late Bruce Balala (1980). Loving grandfather of Bryhanna Ellis of Chicago, IL, Jake Haver of Little Ferry and Grace Young of Hawthorne. Dear brother of Henry Lanusse of Neptune, NJ and the late Helen Theilman (1988).
A funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Monday, July 9, 2018 at the Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, 557 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne. Entombment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-6pm.