Friends and family gathered in New York Wednesday for Ivana Trump’s farewell.
After a lot of contradicting reports, ex-President Donald Trump attended with Melania, his wife, and clearly left any bitterness with Ivana behind to say a final farewell.
After Ivana’s casket arrived at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Trumps were seen stepping through a side door to enter the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer.
Ivana’s children Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric and their families gathered on the sidewalk as her casket was carefully lifted out of the hearse and carried into the church by a dozen pallbearers wearing white gloves.
Lexington Avenue security was tight. The sidewalk was closed to pedestrians. NYPD officers and Secret Service agents were stationed in front and around the historic church. Every guest was checked for weapons before they entered.
Only invited guests were allowed to attend the funeral service.
Ivana Trump’s family gathered first at a funeral home near her Manhattan townhouse, where the 73 year old died after falling down the stairs.
As he said farewell to his first wife, the former president stood tall flanked his daughter Melania and Ivanka.
According to reports, Ivana will be buried on the grounds at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster in New Jersey.
Trump was granted permission in 2017 to build a small cemetery for his family — just 10 plots — overlooking the first hole of the golf course.
Trump called Ivana before heading to the funeral. “amazing woman who led a great and inspirational life.”