Alma Wahlberg has died at the age of 78.
The ‘Wahlburgers’ star and mother to Mark and Donnie Wahlberg passed away after battling dementia, her sons confirmed on Sunday (04.18.21).
In a touching tribute, Donnie, 51, hailed the Wahlberg matriarch as the “most loving human being” he’s “ever known”, who “undoubtedly shaped” him into “the man” he is.
Part of his lengthy tribute posted on Instagram, which featured a video montage of memories with his parent, read: “I’m so 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. I say that, because it’s true. She was, without a doubt, the most loving human being I’ve ever known.”
Mark, 49, wrote alongside a picture of his mom: “My angel. Rest in peace.”
Donnie’s wife, Jenny McCarthy, also posted a touching tribute to her mother-in-law.
She wrote: “To my sweet Alma. I could not have asked for a better mother-in-law.
“Always kind, always made me feel loved and she will always be an inspiration to so many.. Love you so much Alma.”
Alma was also mother to Paul, Arthur, Tracey, Michelle, Jim, Robert, and the late Debbie Wahlberg, who died in 2003.
Last summer, New Kids on the Block star Donnie gave an update on his mother’s health.
He wrote: “I know that so many of you have asked how my mom Alma is doing.
“During my visit, she didn’t remember much, and was often confused, but somehow she was still Alma.
“She still lights up a room. She still made me smile. She’s still stubborn.
“Sending my heartfelt love, and sincerest wishes, to all those away from their loved ones. “