Following a long battle with dementia, the matriarch of the Wahlberg family, Alma Wahlberg, has passed away at the age of 78. The two famous brothers, actor Mark and singer Donnie Wahlberg have announced via their respective social media accounts.
On Sunday, April 18, both Donnie and Mark paid tribute to their beloved mother. Mark kept his statement simple, sharing a beautiful photo of Alma, along with the words, “My angel. Rest in peace.”
Similarly, Donnie also shared touching words remembers his mom. The actor, unlike his brother, shared a lengthy video for the woman he was “so blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by and set on my life’s path by.”
The video was a compilation of clips he and Mark have recorded throughout their lives. “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,” Donnie continued. “I’ve often said, if you like anything about me, I got it from Alma. I say that, because it’s true.”
The proud son called his mom the “most loving human being” he’s ever known, adding that she was always respectful, hardworking, and incredibly strong. “Like so many moms who struggled, overcame odds, made something from nothing, and pulled off the impossible for their children, she never complained. She did what needed to be done, most often, with a smile. She made the best of times in the worst of times.”
Donnie Wahlberg wrote the Alma was the “epitome of the word grace.”
“That was Alma — mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, friend, ally, warrior, angel. She made no apologies for who she was, but never put herself above anyone else. She kicked our butts if we messed up, kicked anyone else’s butts if they messed with us. Taught us right, made us pay the price when we were wrong.”
He went on to write about singing her favorite songs together, Native New Yorker by Odyssey and If I Could by Regina Belle, as they cleaned and eventually at him and Mark’s respective weddings.
“Despite the fact that my mom could do (and actually did) many of the things mentioned in that beautiful song, she still wondered if she’d done the job of being the best mother she could be. Today, I say with tremendous certainty, and gratitude, she absolutely did,” Donnie concluded. “It’s time to rest peacefully, mom. I love you, miss you, thank you, and will celebrate you, today and always.”
Mark praised his big brother for his sweet words. Rest in peach, Alma, you were, undeniably, a blessing to your family and beyond.
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