Ivana Trump was a 1980s fashion icon and businesswoman who helped Donald Trump to build his empire, which led him to the White House. The former president recalled her “beautiful” life Wednesday as her loved ones paid their final respects.
For Ivana Trump’s funeral mass, the ex-president was joined by his children and a host of other relatives and friends in Manhattan.
He wrote, “A very sad and joyful day, but also a celebration for a wonderful, beautiful life,” on Truth Social before Melania Trump, ex-first lady, and Barron went to St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church.
Ivana and Donald Trump’s three children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, stood beside their father and families as the casket with gold-toned contents was taken from St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church. Eric Trump briefly wrapped his arm around his sister as he held onto the hand of one her small children who was holding a red rose.
Tiffany Trump, Marla Maples’ daughter, was also present. Family friends included Jeanine Pirro (host of Fox News’ “The Five”) and Charles Kushner (real estate developer and father to Jared Kushner), were also present. Ivana Trump’s long-time friend, Dennis Basso, was among those who attended the service.
As R. Couri Hay emerged, he said that the Mass was an “elegant, wonderful send off for Ivana”
Trump’s family announced Thursday the death of the 73-year old at her Manhattan residence. According to authorities, the cause of death was accidental.
Donald Trump and Ivana met in the 1970s. They were married from 1977 until 1992. They were a powerful couple in the 1980s. She became instantly famous for her blonde hair and glamorous looks.
Ivana Trump was also involved in the husband’s business ventures, including managing an Atlantic City casino and selecting design elements for New York City’s Trump Tower.
Although their public divorce was not a happy one, it was a very ugly one. However, in recent years they have been friendly. Ivana Trump was a passionate supporter of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. She said that they spoke regularly.