Actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg have left heartfelt tributes after the death of their mother Alma Wahlberg.
The Wahlberg family matriarch died in April of 2021; she was 78 years old and had been suffering with dementia.
Alma Wahlberg had nine children Michelle, Paul, Arthur, Jim, Tracey, Robert, Donnie, Mark and Debbie, who died in 2003 at age 43. Their father, Alma Wahlberg’s ex-husband, Donald Wahlberg, died in 2008.
The youngest of the family Donnie and Mark are the most famous but Alma became well known after appearing on the Wahlberg family’s reality show on A&E called “Wahlburgers,” a behind-the-scenes look at running a family restaurant.
Mark Wahlberg, who said that his faith has allowed him to overcome many things, took to social media to express his sorrow and love for his mother.
“My angel. Rest in peace,” Mark Wahlberg wrote in an Instagram post, alongside a photo of his late mother wearing a pink blazer.
Alma’s death did also put an end to their daily chats.
“Mark calls me from all over the world. Every single day,” Alma Wahlberg said in 2018. “I don’t care if it’s 3 o’clock in the morning!”
Therefore, the tragic loss of his mom was also a loss of a very treasured daily routine. There is no doubt about how much their small talk meant to the world-famous Hollywood actor.
“It was always the first phone call that I made every single day for the last 10 years, was to my mom,” he said, “And I don’t get to make that phone call anymore. And it’s heartbreaking. And that’s hard.”
Donnie Wahlberg wrote in a lengthy tribute that he felt “blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by and set on my life’s path by, such an amazing woman.”
“My mom Alma’s joy for life, love and people – combined with a pride in her humble beginnings and refusal to forget where she came from – undoubtedly shaped me into the man that I am. I’ve often said, if you like anything about me, I got it from Alma.”
The “Blue Bloods” actor and former member of boy band “New Kids on the Block” said his mom was “the most loving human being” and “the epitome of the word grace.”
“It’s time to rest peacefully, mom,” Donnie continued. “I love you, miss you, thank you and will celebrate you, today and always. Forever – your Baby Donnie”
He wrote his heartfelt message alongside a compilation of clips of his mom throughout the years including one from his wedding and one of Alma smashing a cupcake in her son’s face.
Worked at a bank
Alma Wahlberg was born in Boston and worked as a bank clerk and nurse’s aide “to make ends meet” while raising her children, according to her official “Wahlburgers” bio.
She went on to become a greeter and hostess at the family restaurant.
When asked, as she constantly was, by her kids which one of them was her favorite she said: “Whoever I’m with at the time.”
“They’re all so unique in their own way. I’m really proud of them. Not just the success, but how they’ve turned out. They’re really good people. I wouldn’t care if they were ditch diggers, as long as they’re good people,” she said, as per USA Today.
She was always an angel.
Now she has her wings.
Rest peacefully Alma.
As Always, your Baby Donnie#RIPAlma 🙏🏼❤️🕊😢 https://t.co/qrR7foxSM8 pic.twitter.com/IICsPPwHlp
— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) April 18, 2021
Such beautiful tributes to a loving mom. May she rest in peace. Please share.