Singer and producer Donnie Wahlberg took to social media to wish his late mother, Alma a ‘Happy Heavenly Birthday.”
According to the New York Daily News, Alma died in April of 2021 at the age of 78 due to complications related to dementia.
Donnie Wahlberg, brother of famous actor Mark Wahlberg, celebrated his mother’s birthday. This is the first birthday that Alma has been gone for. Furthermore, Donnie is the eighth out of twelve Wahlberg children.
This is the first Instagram post Wahlberg has made since his mother’s death in April.
Donnie Wahlberg Remembers Alma
Donnie Wahlberg paid tribute to his mother’s birthday with old videos from birthday shoutouts. In the post, Donnie also shows a clip playing “Native New Yorker” by Odyssey as Alma dances along to her favorite song.
In a lengthy caption, Donnie Wahlberg gives a timeline of events that have happened since Alma’s birthday last year.
“One year ago today — my friend and brother @dnice and the amazing CQ Family honored my mom’s birthday, under the CQ moon, by playing her favorite song — Native New Yorker.”
The 51-year-old star continues, commenting on the adorable video of his mother dancing while in bed.
“Nine months ago today — I was able to play that song for her myself on a visit home, and she amazingly (but not surprisingly) lit up when she heard it, just like the shining star that she always was (as you can see for yourself).”
“Only Love” Today
Finally, we have today, May 6th, Alma’s heavenly birthday. Donnie Wahlberg gives a shoutout to all those that have helped in his grieving process. He notes that today will not be a sad one, but one for “only love and gratitude.”
“Today — I am sharing a little snippet of each of those videos in honor of my mom’s heavenly birthday and also as a symbol of my immense gratitude to Derrick Jones, the entire #CQFamily and my entire #BlockheadFamily! Thank you for your kindness, your thoughtfulness, your love, and for helping to make such a difficult year soooo much easier for so many — including me.”
“There are no tears today. Only joy. Only love. Only gratitude. Only reminders. To celebrate the gift of every single day, because tomorrow is not promised. To spread love to every single person that you can because you never know just how much it will mean to them. To let those whom you love know exactly how much you love them because you don’t know if you may not have the chance to tell them again.”
Mark Wahlberg Offers Emotional Birthday Tribute
Donnie’s younger brother, Mark Wahlberg, also posted a photo for his mother’s birthday. Although the star has over 16.3 million followers, he emotionally says “Happy birthday, mommy” in his sweet photo.