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Antonio Operiano Ballarta, Jr

March 10 , 1932 - August 16 , 2023

Antonio Operiano Ballarta, Jr

March 10 , 1932 - August 16 , 2023


Friday, September 8, 2023

2:00 ~ 8:00 PM

Michigan Memorial Funeral Home 


Saturday, September 9, 2023

Instate 9:00 AM 

Mass 10:00 AM

Our Lady of the Woods - Woodhaven, MI



Antonio Ballarta was born in his native country of the Philippines.
The youngest of 8 children, he grew up with an enduring dedication to
family, service, and faith.

As a young boy near the age of ten, Antonio defied his mother's wishes
to stand alongside the Philippines Expeditionary Forces during World
War II. In the capacity of a runner, he undertook the perilous task of
passing along encrypted messages from covert allied submarines on the coastline to guerrilla units, orchestrating resistance efforts against the Japanese occupiers. Concealing secret dispatches within his pants seams, he navigated jungles, eluding Japanese capture.

Eventually, he uprooted his fledgling family, guided solely by a
dream. Relocating them from the Philippines to Canada and later
settling in Detroit, Michigan, he dedicated over three decades to
working for Chrysler Motors as an electrician. His relentless determination and industriousness paved pathways for future generations of our family, a legacy we work hard every day to honor.

In his home of Detroit, Michigan, he became a vibrant cornerstone of
his community, embraced by many who held him dear as a cherished
friend. His commitment to friendship fueled his passion for golf and propelled him toward the remarkable feat of securing multiple perfect 300 games in the realm of bowling.

As a member of the Knights of Columbus, he was an embodiment of his unwavering dedication to selfless service and the uplifting of his fellow human beings.

He pioneered uncharted territories and materialized aspirations from
thin air, driven by sheer necessity. He was a man of remarkable
resourcefulness and grit, simply because of the selfless love that
compelled him to do courageous things. Remarkably, he achieved all
this with an infectious humor, an integral facet of his courage.

On August 16th 2023, he departed to the embrace of our Lord, reuniting with his beloved Teresa, who had passed just three months prior, on the very day of their 66th wedding anniversary—an enduring and eternal love.

Antonio Ballarta leaves a lasting impact on the world as an endearing
brother to Julian, Victorina, Carmen, Angelica, Juliana, Florencio,
Francisco; a loving husband to Teresa; father to Erwin and Dominic and his daughter-in-laws late Teresa and Rhona; grandfather to Dashiell and Kyle; great grandfather to Asher, Amelia, Oliver, Zoe, Miles, Adeline,Sebastian, Gabriel, and Genevieve;  and friend to many.


  • My deepest condolences to you and your family. May your father rest in peace. Damir
  • Sincere condolences to you and your family at the death of your dad Tony. May he rest in peace Our sincerest condolences to you and your family at the loss of your dad Tony. May he rest in peace
  • Emy & I want to extend or sincere sadness for your loss. Tatay & Nanay were so special to us. We loved them, as if they were our parents. Our hearts are hurting with their passing and we wish to extend our deepest love to the family. They will always live in our hearts and our prayers. Knowing that they are together now again, and with our Heavenly Father, brings us peace amongst our sadness. Thank You for allowing us to share in their lives. We truly feel your loss! Sincerely, Russell & Emerita Best Russell & Emerita Best
  • Condolences and sympathy my 💓 feeling all my family happy at this moment my father and Tay tony together with thier brothers sister father cousins I'm sure happily reunion so we are the next generation step by step Hindi man Tayo nagkitakita in personally Doon sa heaven to our father kingdom will meet see u Tayo Doon ❤️ ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Peter Jun ballarta
  • Uncle was always there to lend a helping hand. We made our way to the United States through his unselfless efforts. He was always there every step of the way as we started out and beyond. He was and is well loved by not only us but the whole family. We will sorely miss his presence and wish he could have made his way back to the Philippines before leaving for the heavens. But I know he is happy and content. Rest peacefully uncle. A million thank yous for countless things. We love you. Cousins Erwin and Dom, and the rest of the family, we share your pain and loss. I send my prayers, love, and hugs. Francedith L. Ballarta-Bouille
  • Our sincere condolences goes out to the Ballarta Family. Tito Tony was a wonderful gentleman. He is now with Tita Tess. May they rest in Christ peace 🙏 The Gustilo Family Cesar A Gustilo
  • Sending all our prayers and condolences to the family. Tony and Teresa were our neighbors for 9 years, we loved them dearly. I was always amazed at how active Mr.Tony was and how he was always building onto his home. You'll be missed! Tianna and Anthony Martinez
  • Our deepest condolence to the Ballarta family.Paalam Tito,Lolo Tony.It's hard to believe that you already retired,but then we know you are happy ..Rest in Peace.Damo gid nga salamat for our family friendship, you are such a wonderful, joyful,kind and generous person.We salute you...Our family will always treasure our friendship...We always missed you both Tita ,lola Tess and Tito,lolo Tony,,,. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Shalom, Gerric and Evelyn and kids Gerric and Evelyn

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