Alma Wahlberg Biography
Alma Wahlberg (Alma Elaine Donnelly), the matriarch of the Wahlberg family, was born on 6th May 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. She is the co-owner of the Wahlburger Resturant Chain who rose to fame after featuring in the A&E series Wahlburgers.
Alma worked as a bank clerk and later as a nurse’s aide while raising her nine children after divorcing her husband. Alma also was a cast in the TV show Anderson where she played a prominent role, in 2011 she got the series Anderson Live. In 2014 she starred in the A&E show “Wahlburgers”.
On 14th June 2017 she was awarded the Changing Lives Award by Bay Cove Human Services for her helping others and also for her willingness to speak openly about her family’s personal struggles
Alma Wahlberg Age
Alma was born on 6th May 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States (76 years as of 2018)
Alma Wahlberg Ethnicity
Alma is of Irish, English, and French-Canadian ancestry.
Alma Wahlberg Maiden Name
Alma was born Alma McPeck but after her marriage to Donald Edward Wahlberg Sr. she became Alma Wahlberg.
Alma Wahlberg Husband/ Alma Wahlberg Spouses
Alma married Donald Edward Wahlberg Sr. on 20th November 1965. Wahlberg Sr. was a United States Army veteran and was on the Korean War too. They had nine children together but they divorced in 1982 after 17 years of being together. Donald died on 14th February 2008 at the age of 78.
Mark Conroy and Alma Wahlberg
In 1984 Alma married her long time boyfriend Mark Conroy in a private ceremony that was attended by their close ones and family members.
Alma Wahlberg Children/ Alma Wahlberg Kids
Alma together with ex-husband, Donald Edward Wahlberg Sr., have nine children. Six sons: Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg, Robert Wahlberg, Jim, and Arthur Wahlberg and three daughters Tracey, Michelle, and Debbie.
Alma Wahlberg Grandchildren
Alma is the grandmother to Brendan Joseph Wahlberg, Michael Wahlberg, Ella Rae Wahlberg, Grace Margaret Wahlberg, Xavier Alexander Wahlberg, Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg, Oscar Wahlberg, Charlie Wahlberg, Ethan Wahlberg and Madison Wahlberg.
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Wahlberg Family Tree
The Wahlberg family has relations with some of the biggest stars you know including Walt Disney, Halle Berry, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Madonna, Shirley Temple, Kyra Sedgwick and ties with some US presidents and First Ladies such as both Bushes, Abigail Adams and Barbara Bush.
The pioneers of the family are Donald E. Wahlberg Sr., a delivery driver who fell in love with a bank clerk and a nurse’s aide Alma Elaine.
Alma Wahlberg Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
Alma Wahlberg Restaurant Management
Alma works as a hostess in her family restaurant. Her sons own Alma Vove and the family business has expanded exponentially. The family started a food truck in Dorchester and despite bad weather during the inauguration nearly 500 people gathered to receive the first batch of street food.
Alma Wahlberg Recipes
Alma Wahlburg had her hands full raising Paul, Mark, Donnie, and their six siblings. With that many mouths to feed, she had to be resourceful in the kitchen. View all recipes
Alma Wahlberg Book
Alma’s book has not hit the shelves, as of December 2018, but it seems like she has a book coming. In June 2018 Donnie Wahlberg took to his twitter account to promote the book.
I want to say that everyone should read my moms book because no mom has overcome, and endured, as much as my mom #Alma. But, I’ve met so many moms in my travels, who’ve overcome, and endured, so much themselves — that I think they’ll see themselves in her story. #Wahlburgers 🙏🏼
— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) June 21, 2018
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Alma Wahlberg Interview
How the Alma Wahlberg raised nine kids with one rule: Call your mothah!
They may be adults, but superstar brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg still have a daily responsibility to their mom Alma: Call her.
“No big deal, just ‘Hey Ma, how are you? I love you. Gotta go,’” the 76-year-old matriarch tells anchor Sheinelle Jones in “Through Mom’s Eyes,” TODAY’s new digital-exclusive series. “That’s all I’m asking. Mark calls me from all over the world. Every single day for the past two and a half years. I don’t care if it’s 3 o’clock in the morning!”
Pouring over photo albums in her home, single parent Alma candidly opens up about the highs — and lows — of raising nine (yes, nine!) successful kids: Oscar nominated actor Mark, 47, New Kids on the Block frontman Donnie, 49, and their siblings Michelle, 56, Arthur, 55, Wahlburgers’ chef Paul, 54, Jim, 53, Tracey, 51 and Robert, 50. (Oldest sister Debbie passed away in 2003 at the age of 43.)
Just 18 years old when she became a mom, Alma felt as if she were growing up alongside her brood. “I was learning as they were,” she admits. “I wanted to give them the love that I always thought I wanted and never got. I wanted them to know I’m always there. Always, always. I may not like what you’re telling me, but I’m there for you and that’s it. That’s how they all are now. They’re there for me.”
Getting there wasn’t particularly easy, though. After she split from husband Donald Sr. in 1982, Alma, a bank clerk and nurse’s aide, relied on welfare butter and cheese to feed her young kids. “I invented the craziest meals. English muffin pizzas, that was the big treat,” she says. “I had no choice. I had to find them something to eat.”
Rather than focus on what they lacked, she chose to highlight her family’s strengths: Unquestionable talents, which she supported from the get-go. Recalling the first time an early New Kids on the Block performance at a neighborhood show, “I was like, ‘Whoa! Oh my God, they’re good!’” she raves, admitting Donnie now credits her for his success. “He said to me, ‘You know Ma, if it wasn’t for you, there probably wouldn’t be any New Kids because you encouraged us. You were pushing us.’ And I was.”
Youngest Mark, on the other hand, was her little monkey. Really. The former Calvin Klein underwear model was nicknamed “monkey because I bought him a monkey for Christmas. He loved that thing so much and he dragged it with him everywhere!” she says, joking, “I’m gonna get in trouble now!”
Alma Wahlberg News
Wahlberg Family Members Introduce New Food Truck At South Bay Center In Dorchester
Updated: April 20, 2018
Hundreds of fans flocked from all over Boston to get lunch served to them from family members Alma, Donnie, Bob and Chef Paul
Wahlberg family members Alma, Donnie, Bob and Chef Paul, along with Wahlburgers CEO, Rick Vanzura, unveiled the all-new Wahlburgers food truck yesterday in Dorchester’s South Bay Center in conjunction with National Get To Know Your Customer Day.
Fans of the restaurant and hit A&E program were invited to come down to be among the first to be served from the brand-new Boston-based Wahlburgers food truck., and despite the less-than-desirable weather conditions, close to 500 fans of the restaurant and show came out to welcome the family back to Dorchester.
“We are just so happy to be home,” said Chef Paul Wahlberg. “We’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to come back to Dorchester and we’ve found it here at the South Bay Center.”
After the ceremonial green ribbon was cut by Alma to signify the opening of the food truck, the family handed out food to those in line. They also spent time taking photos with fans, signing autographs, and feeding the hungry construction workers that are building the new Wahlburgers Dorchester restaurant and making South Bay Center come to life. Mark Wahlberg even found the time to FaceTime into the event, saying hello to all who gathered and wished his family good luck with the launch.