Alma Wahlberg, the matriarch of the Wahlberg family and a frequent character on the reality show Wahlburgers, has died. She was 78.
Mark and Donnie Wahlberg posted the news to their Instagram pages on Sunday. “My angel. Rest in peace,” Mark wrote. Donnie 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.” He added, “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.” No cause of death was given.
Actor Jenny McCarthy, who is married to Donnie, called Wahlberg “the worlds [sic] greatest mother-in-law” in a Twitter post. “You are loved by so many and will be missed dearly. Love you, Alma,” she added.
After growing up in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Wahlberg married Donald E. Wahlberg in 1965 (they later divorced; Donald died in 2008). She raised nine children in the Boston area — Mark, Donnie, Arthur, Paul, Jim, Robert, Michelle, Debbie and Tracey — and worked as a bank clerk and nurse’s aide. (Debbie died in 2003.)
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Katie Kilkenny