The funeral service for former president Donald Trump’s ex-wife, Ivana Trump’s was held in Manhattan on Wednesday. Ivana Trump’s funeral was a final tribute to the 1980’s icon, and was attended by around 100 mourners at the St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church on the Upper East Side.
Ivana Trump’s funeral- An inside peek into the elegant service
The altar at the St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church was decked with red roses and candles for Ivana Trump’s funeral, which was billed as a ‘Celebration of Life’. Two huge gold-framed images of the former president’s wife were placed next to the casket, one of which included her 1992 cover on Vanity Fair magazine, with the words “Ivana Be a Star” written across in bold. The 1992 magazine cover featured Democrat Hillary Clinton as well, but had been edited out from the version put for display on Ivana Trump’s funeral.
The other frame also featured an old magazine cover, with the headline “Better than ever … Ivana Trump.”
Ivana Trump’s funeral service was attended by the entire Trump family, including former president Donald Trump, former First Lady Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump, along with Ivana Trump’s three children, Eric, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump.
Others present at Ivana Trump’s funeral included Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner, Charles Kushner, real estate developer and Jared Kushner’s father, Malaysian designer Zang Toi, TV host Jeanine Pirro and George Wayne, a former Vanity Fair journalist.
“She was a trailblazer to men and women alike,”- Ivanka delivers emotional eulogy at Ivana Trump’s funeral
Former First Daughter Ivanka Trump delivered an emotional eulogy at her mother’s funeral service on Manhattan on Wednesday, referring to her as a “trailblazer to men and women alike.”
Ivanka, dressed in a black outfit and a pearl necklace, said, “Growing up, my mother didn’t tell me a woman could do anything she wanted to — she showed me.”
“She was a trailblazer to men and women alike,” she continued, adding, “She taught us how to spear fish and then cook what we caught. My mom expanded our minds.” Ivanka recalled her mother as being “pure fun” while off job. Fighting back tears, Ivanka said, “Mom, I’ll always love you today and every day. You were and always will be the light of our lives.”
Eric Trump, his wife Lara Trump, and several others said their final goodbyes through heartfelt speeches at Ivana Trump’s funeral on Wednesday.
“A celebration of a wonderful and beautiful life”- writes Trump
Former President Donald Trump, who reportedly stayed silent during Ivana Trump’s funeral service, earlier wrote on Truth Social, “A very sad day, but at the same time a celebration of a wonderful and beautiful life.”
Ivana Trump’s death was announced by the Trump family last week on Thursday. The former president’s ex-wife and businesswoman passed away at age 73 in her Manhattan residence. Authorities concluded that the cause of death was an accident when Ivana fell down some stairs, resulting in blunt impact injuries to her torso.
The 1980s style icon met Donald Trump when he was a budding real estate developer, back in the 1970s. The couple got married in 1977, but later parted ways in 1992 after an ugly divorce that gained a lot of traction from the public. They still remained friends though, and Ivana Trump appeared as a strong supporter of the former president during his 2016 presidential campaign.
The glamorous businesswoman stirred up quite the controversy during Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, when she referred to herself as the First Lady, while speaking to a news outlet. “I have the direct number to White House, but I don’t want to call him there because Melania is there and I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy because I am basically first Trump wife,” she said. “I am first lady.”
Throughout their marriage, Ivana Trump was a major media attraction, referred to as a “power blonde” by Vanity Fair, and described as “every bit as focused and disciplined as her husband, though more privately so.”