Mark Wahlberg Reveals Heartwarming Ritual He Shared with His Late Mother, Alma

by Jacklyn Krol

Mark Wahlberg shared a sweet ritual that he shared with his mother daily.

It has been three months since the passing of his mother, Alma. She died in April at age 78 from complications from dementia. He was extremely close to his mom and the two shared a special bond.

“It was always the first phone call that I made every single day for the last 10 years, was to my mom. And I don’t get to make that phone call anymore,” he told Fatherly. He said that it’s “heartbreaking” and “hard” on him.

Mark Wahlberg explained that his sister has been an “enormous support system” for him and his whole family. She was Alma’s primary caregiver. He recently went to Boston to celebrate his birthday, his sister hosted a birthday party for him. Their mother previously hosted his birthday celebrations.

“It didn’t really hit me until it was time to cut the cake,” he recalled. “And then I realized, wow, both of my parents are not here and she’s my caregiver to be there for me and be my support system. “

Wahlberg noted that he and his family have been communicating more than the family ever has. The loss has made them appreciate their family relationship.

“Everybody obviously was off doing their own thing and they’d be in their own lives. And now we’re constantly doing a multi-person FaceTime,” he shared.

Mark Wahlberg described his mother as “tough as nails.” He said that she was proud of her kids for turning their lives around and being productive.

“She was most proud of the husband and the dad that I was,” he revealed. “I mean, she always appreciated the successes and the things that I was able to do professionally, but the personal growth really meant something to her.

All About Mark Wahlberg’s Family

Alma was not only the mother to Mark Wahlberg, but eight other children. This included Arthur, Paul, Jim, Robert, Donnie, Michelle, Debbie, and Tracey Wahlberg. She was married to the children’s father, Donald, for seventeen years.

In 2003, Debbie passed away at 43 from a heart attack. In 2008, Donald passed away at 77. His cause of death has not been made public. In 2010, Paul Wahlberg, the mastermind behind the famous restaurant Wahlburgers, dedicated a restaurant to their mother. He opened the restaurant called Alma Nove in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Mark married Rhea Durham in 2009. The couple shares four children together:  sons Michael and Brendan along with daughters Ella and Grace.