Jenny McCarthy called Alma Wahlberg the “world’s greatest mother-in-law” in a tweet eulogizing the 78-year-old who died Sunday. Mother to McCarthy’s husband, Donnie Wahlberg and movie star Mark Wahlberg, and seven other children.
McCartney retweeted her husband’s online eulogy, adding her own love for Alma.
Aside from her famous children, she also gained notoriety on the A&E show Wahlburgers about the family’s attempt to open a hamburger franchise.
Her love for her family shined through in each episode. In 2011, during a family interview with CNN”s Anderson Cooper, Alma Wahlberg discussed the difficulties of raising nine children.
“Listen, I didn’t know what I was doing — I really don’t think I knew what I was doing. I was just trying to keep up with them.” She added, crying, “I love my kids. I love my kids.”
Donnie Wahlberg Says Goodbye In Emotional Post
Donnie Wahlberg posted a lengthy and heartfelt goodbye to his mother on Instagram Sunday afternoon.
“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.
“… She was, without a doubt, the most loving human being I’ve ever known.
“… 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.
“She was the epitome of the word grace. …
“It’s time to rest peacefully, mom.
“I love you, miss you, thank you and will celebrate you, today and always.
“Forever — your Baby Donnie”