Ivana Trump’s funeral was held privately at St. Vincent’s Ferrer, a Roman Catholic church, in New York on Wednesday while neighboring streets were blocked off so family, friends, and the local community could pay their respects. President Donald J. Trump and his family were there.
The event was held at a church on the upper east side of Manhattan to honor the life of Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s first wife and the mother of his first three children, who passed away suddenly last week at the age of 73.
The funeral preparations were made by the Trump Organization. Secret Service agents waited.
Attending the service, one reporter spoke to Newsmax about the events she saw:
“I was outside the church today when the motorcade arrived, and the children stepped outside the cars and then stood outside the church as the pallbearers lifted Ivana’s casket from the hearse and moved her into the church.
Then President Trump arrived not long after with his wife, Melania, and their son Barron. They were escorted by a separate security detail and came in through the side door. Many members of the community also gathered out there to pay their respects outside the church.”
The funeral service’s specifics were covered by the New York Times as follows:
“Most of the speeches about Ms. Trump, who died last week at 73 inside her apartment in New York, focused on her indefatigable drive, shaped by growing up in Czechoslovakia behind the Iron Curtain. Those eulogizing her also talked about the friendship that Ms. Trump and her ex-husband had managed to forge, despite the bitter tabloid divorce. (Ms. Trump was married briefly then widowed before her marriage to Mr. Trump, and the two husbands who followed him died before her.)
Her children offered a loving glimpse at her forceful parenting style.
In a speech, her son Eric, 38, described his mother as the embodiment of the American dream, something like a mix of Joan Rivers and Claudia Schiffer, he stated.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“She had brains, she had beauty, and she had grit,” he said, going on to assert that she had won the “hearts and minds of every single person in the U.S. on the Home Shopping Network and QVC.”
He added: “She still holds every single sales record. People adored Ivana.”
As a parent, he said, she “ruled with an iron fist and a heart of gold.”