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Donnie and Mark Wahlberg announce passing of their mom, Alma Wahlberg

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Wahlburgers stars Donnie and Mark Wahlberg announced Sunday that their mom, Alma Wahlberg, has passed away at age 78.

Mark shared a photo of a smiling Alma and let his fans know of her passing by writing, “My angel. Rest in peace.”

Later,  Donnie shared a montage of his mother’s many appearances on their long-running reality show set to Regina Belle‘s “If I Could,” one of his mom’s favorite songs, and penned a heartbreaking tribute in Alma’s memory.

“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,” said Donnie, 51. “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.”

The New Kids on the Block frontman continued, “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.”

“Like so many moms who struggled, overcame odds, made something from nothing and pulled off the impossible for their children, she never complained,” wrote Donnie. “She did what needed to be done, most often, with a smile. She made the best of times in the worst of times.

Calling her “warrior” and “angel,” the Saw alum furthered, “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.”

Adding that his mother often wondered “if she’d done the job of being the best mother,” he ended his tribute by affirming, “I say with tremendous certainty, and gratitude, she absolutely did. It’s time to rest peacefully, mom.”

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