Rest in peace, Alma Wahlberg. Mark and Donnie Wahlberg took to Instagram on Sunday to mourn their mother’s death. She was 78 years old.
The matriarch of the Wahlberg family, Alma had nine children with her ex-husband Donald Wahlberg: Donnie, Paul, Robert, Jim, Arthur, Tracey, Michelle, Debbie and Mark. Alma and Donald divorced in 1982; Donald died in 2008.
Fans learned more about Alma and the Wahlberg family through their appearances on their A&E reality show, Wahlburgers, that narrates the family burger restaurant. The show ran from 2014 to 2019.
In a heartfelt tribute Sunday, Donnie remembered his mother as a “warrior” and an “angel.”
“I am so blessed to have been brought into this world, raised, taught and set in the path of my life by such an amazing woman,” he wrote. “My mother Alma’s joy for life, love and people, combined with pride in her humble beginnings and refusal to forget where she came from, certainly transformed me into the man that I am.”
“I’ve often said, if you like something about me, I got it from Alma. I say it, because it’s true. She was, without a doubt, the most loving human being I’ve ever met,” he continued. “I never heard her say, or do, anything disrespectful to anyone. She was, like anyone who has encountered her, knows very well.”
Alma “accomplished the impossible” for her children, Donnie shared. “That was Alma: mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, friend, ally, warrior, angel,” he said. “He didn’t apologize for being who he was, but he never put himself above everyone else. He kicked our butt if we were wrong, he kicked anyone else’s butt if he messed with us. He taught us well, he made us pay the price when we were wrong. “
“It’s time to rest in peace, mom. I love you, I miss you, thank you and I will celebrate you, today and always. Forever – your Baby Donnie #RIPAlma 🙏🏼🕊❤️😢”, he concluded.
“My angel,” Mark wrote in his post, along with a photo of Alma. “Rest in peace.”
Donnie had addressed Alma’s health issues last summer, sharing on social media: “I know many of you have asked how my mom Alma is doing. During my visit, I didn’t remember much and was often confused, but somehow I kept going. being Alma. She still lights up a room. She still made me smile. She’s still stubborn. And she still loves her baby Donnie. I thank you all for your good wishes. “