Mark Wahlberg Wishes Late Mom Alma ‘Happy Birthday’ in Wake of Her Death

by Josh Lanier

Mark Wahlberg posted a touching tribute to his mother Thursday on what would have been her 79th birthday. Alma Wahlberg died last month after a long battle with dementia.

The famous actor posted a message to his mom on Instagram.

“Happy birthday mommy,” he captioned the post.

The 49-year-old actor had also posted a photo of his mother surrounded by his four teenage children — Ella, Michael, Brendan, and Grace. 

“Miss you grandma,” he captioned the post, pairing it with a heart emoji.

Alma Wahlberg has three famous sons — Mark, Donnie, and chef Paul —but she was a star in her own right, as well. She was the heart of the popular TV show The Wahlburgers. The show followed the brothers as they try to start a burger franchise.

Donnie Wahlberg Posts Moving Tribute to His Mom

Donnie Wahlberg posted a long memorial to his mother on his Instagram shortly after her passing. In it, the Blue Bloods star thanked his mother for pushing him to be a better person and her unconditional love.

“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,” the actor wrote. “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.”

He also added how grateful he was for his upbringing. “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.”

“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.”

His wife, Jenny McCarthy also penned a heartfelt goodbye to her mother-in-law.

“To my sweet Alma,” she posted. “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.”