Donnie Wahlberg’s mother, Alma, has passed. Donnie just shared a moving tribute video in her honor.
The Wahlberg matriarch has passed at the age of 78. The mother of nine including actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg captured the hearts of viewers everywhere when she starred on Wahlburgers. The A&E series followed Paul Wahlberg and he attempted to open the now highly successful chain restaurant Wahlburgers.
Alma is survived by Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their siblings Paul, Robert, Jim, Arthur, Tracey, Michelle, and Debbie. Donnie Wahlberg recently shared a heartbreaking tribute video for his mother on Instagram. The video opens with a clip from Donnie’s wedding video where he shares a dance with Alma to the songs If I Could by Regina Belle. The video also highlights clips from the Wahlburgers show. Each clip features Alama laughing, dancing, or sharing a loving hug. Even if you never met Alma, you can feel her love and vibrancy through the video. The video ends with a family photo of the Wahlbergs.
Along with the photo, Wahlberg wrote, “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.”
Donnie Wahlberg Said That This Childhood Memory With His Mother Inspired ‘The Dreamer In Me”
Certainly, Donnie Wahlberg has found success. But he wasn’t born a famous actor and singer. In fact, his beginning was pretty humble, growing up with eight other brothers and sisters in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts. However, it was the times he spent with his mother’s larger-than-life love that inspired him to dream big. In the same post, Donnie shared a beautiful memory he has of his mother.
“As a young boy, she’d invite me to sing her favorite song with her (Native New Yorker by Odyssey) as she cleaned our home,” said Wahlberg. “There’s no doubt that the two of us singing into a mop stick, while disco dancing on our “sparkling” linoleum floor, helped inspire the dreamer in me — just like the dreamer in her.”
Donnie also opened up about the struggles Alma faced as a mother of nine with not a lot of money.
“She did what needed to be done, most often, with a smile. She made the best of times in the worst of times,” wrote Wahlberg.
He concluded his post with “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.”