Alma Wahlberg, the matriarch of the Wahlberg family, has died, according to her sons Donnie and Mark.
Wahlberg, 78, is a mother of nine and Boston native. She also starred on the reality television series “Wahlburgers” with her sons Donnie, Mark and Paul, the chef behind the Wahlburgers restaurant chain.
Paul Wahlberg also opened a restaurant in Hingham named Alma Nove in honor of his mother.
Alma Wahlberg is also the mother of actor Robert Wahlberg, who appeared in films such as “Mystic River” and “The Departed.”
Donnie Wahlberg confirmed his mother’s death in an Instagram post, while Mark Wahlberg took to Twitter to share the news of her death.
In July 2020, Donnie Wahlberg shared that his mother was suffering from dementia.
“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,” Donnie Wahlberg wrote. “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.
“It’s time to rest peacefully, mom,” he added. “I love you, miss you, thank you and will celebrate you, today and always. Forever — your Baby Donnie.”
“My angel, rest in peace,” Mark Wahlberg wrote while posting a photo of his mother.
Alma Wahlberg is also the mother of Arthur, Jim, Michelle, Debbie and Tracey Wahlberg. Debbie Wahlberg died in 2003.
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In 2018, Alma Wahlberg was featured in a WCVB primetime special as part of Maria Stephanos’ “Someone You Should Know” series.
“People know me as being the mother of famous children, and although this fact has brought many gifts into my life and has afforded me opportunities that may never have been possible otherwise, there is a whole lot more to my story than most people know,” Alma Wahlberg said during that interview.
“I’ve lived with alcoholism and abuse; struggled with poverty and experienced great wealth; lost so many that I’ve loved; struggle to raise nine children, and I love them more than anything else; watch them suffer, learn and come out on the other side; lost myself; found myself, again and again; and kept moving forward no matter what.”