Ivana Trump was buried Wednesday along a grassy area at her ex-husband’s tony Bedminster Golf Club following the invite-only funeral service.
The New York socialite’s rose gold casket was lowered into the ground ‘not too far from the main club house’ at Trump’s Bedminster Golf Course Wednesday afternoon, a source in attendance told the New York Post, in a ‘private grassy area.’
‘It was beautiful,’ the unidentified source said of the burial, which was attended by family members and a few close friends.
Ivana’s three children – Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump – are said to have spoken at the burial ceremony after telling mourners at the funeral what a trailblazer the former Czech model was.
And former President Donald Trump told the mourners around the burial site ‘just what an incredible woman she was and what a strong woman, and she commanded a room.’
Ivana’s legacy is now forever marked at the New Jersey golf club with ‘a very discreet piece of granite engraved with her name.’
Ivana Trump was buried Wednesday in a rose gold casket. It is pictured being carried into St. Vincent Ferrer Church on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan
Close friends and family members attended the burial service at Trump’s Bedminster Golf Club following the service
The burial plot is said to be located near the first hole of the tony New Jersey golf club, and is ‘not too far from the main clubhouse.’ The golf course is pictured here
The former president had proposed a cemetery on the tony golf course since at least 2007, when he first announced he wanted to build a family mausoleum for himself and his family members.
He told Page Six at the time: ‘This is such beautiful land, and Bedminster is one of the richest places in the country.’
Trump’s plans at the time were for 19-foot high stone obelisks right in the middle of the golf course, according to the Washington Post.
But local officials worried the site may become an ‘attractive nuisance,’ which Trump tried to overcome by proposing that it could double as a wedding venue.
When that proposal was struck down, the Washington Post reports, Trump went back to the drawing board and came back five years later with another plan to build a 1,000-plot cemetery on the land including one for him.
Still, local officials thought that would be too much for the rural town, at which point Trump whittled it down to just 10 graves – enough for himself and his family members.
A filing in New Jersey said the family cemetery would be on a 5,700 square foot portion of the 504-acre property.
New Jersey state officials finally approved the cemetery license in 2014.
Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump stood together as they exited the Frank Campbell Funeral in New York City on Wednesday
Ivanka Trump stood hand in hand with her family, Theo Kushner, Jared Kushner and Joseph Kushner at Ivana’s funeral
Ivanka walked her children out of the funeral home on Wednesday after pallbearers brought her mother’s casket to Bedminster Golf Club
Trump’s plans to build another cemetery for members of the golf club, though, remains in limbo.
His original plans to create a 500-grave cemetery at the golf course for members who pay $15,000 to join and an additional $20,000 in dues every year was approved by the Bedminster Town Council in 2012, NPR reports, after Sally Rubin, a former town council member, negotiated a deal with the Trump Organization.
‘Who am I to say under what circumstances he should be buried personally?’ she said of the former president, noting her concern was what would be built on property Trump owns next to the golf club.
‘If he wants a mausoleum and he wants to do it for himself, and he wants to put that on the golf club proper, I didn’t have a problem with that,’ Rubin told NPR.
‘It’s a large piece of property, and he has a lot more flexibility there, but I did not want it on a scenic rural road in our community.’
Since then, Trump has whittled down his proposal to just under 300 graves at the cemetery.
He said in filings the property would be run by a nonprofit organization, and his employees at the golf course would handle the maintenance, cutting the grass and digging the graves.
But as of last year, Business Insider reports, the Bedminster Land Use Board said they did not have any updates about the proposal.
Ivana Trump died last Thursday after falling in her Upper East Side townhouse. She was last seen on June 22, walking around the Upper East Side with the help of an assistant (left). She is pictured, right, in Paris in 1991
The former president was seen comforting his daughter as they stepped out of the funeral on Wednesday
The former president entered the Upper East Side church for the funeral through a side door Wednesday morning
Ivana Trump died last Thursday after suffering from a fall in her Upper East Side townhouse.
She was remembered at a private invite-only funeral at St Vincent Ferrer Church as a trailblazer who lived the American Dream.
‘Growing up, my mother didn’t tell me a woman could do anything she wanted to — she showed me,’ Ivanka told the 100 mourners at the church.
‘She was a trailblazer to men and women alike. My mother once told me there was nothing she couldn’t do in heels. She taught us how to spear fish and then cook what we caught. My mom expanded our minds.’
Don Jr., meanwhile, delighted the congregation with fond memories and jokes. Before he returned to his seat, he said: ‘I love you, mom.’
And Eric Trump, the youngest, said: ‘She had brains; she had beauty. She was the embodiment of the American dream … She was a force of nature, could beat any man down the slopes, any woman on the runway.
‘She ruled the three of us [kids] with an iron fist but also a heart of gold,’ said Eric.
After the service, Ivana’s body was carried out of the building in a golden casket, past her family and dozens of VIP guests. A woman, who appeared to be Ivana’s caregiver, cried on the church’s steps as the pallbearers passed.
The order of service included a photograph of Ivana with her children next to the Serenity Prayer. A portrait of her in a gown was on the front
The Trump family on the steps of the St. Vincent Ferrer Church after Ivana’s funeral on Wednesday
The family waited somberly for the casket of Ivana Trump to be carried into the church in New York City on Wednesday
Eight-year-old Chloe Trump cries as the casket of her grandmother is carried into church on Wednesday. She was comforted by her mother Vanessa, who is shown linking arms with her oldest daughter, 15-year-old Kai. Donald Trump Jr. comforted two of the couple’s sons. Next to him is his fiancee, Kimberly Guilfoyle
A glamorous woman with a penchant for younger men, skiing and dancing, Ivana’s ‘Celebration of Life’ service on Wednesday attracted socialites from New York City, Palm Beach and Europe.
The well-heeled crowd gathered outside St Vincent Ferrer Church on Lexington Avenue in sweltering heat, clutching their funeral invitations to present to police officers and Secret Service agents at the doors.
The church is a stone’s throw from the townhouse on 64th Street where Ivana lived for 26 years and where she was discovered at the bottom of the stairs last week.
NYPD barricades wreathed round the block between Lexington Avenue and East 65th and 66th on Wednesday while trucks from Greenscape Designs unloaded by the side entrance.
Officers and secret service agents consulted with each other and paced the sidewalk as members of the church choir began to arrive shortly after 11am.
The first came bearing ID and printed-out forms that were carefully studied by a waiting agent before the barricades were opened just enough to let the two middle aged women in.
Two large police trucks were parked directly opposite the church’s imposing front doors to house the photographers who trained their lenses on the church entrance.
Bit by bit, small groups of people gathered intrigued by the measures designed to keep at bay all but those who had received an invitation, featuring an image of Ivana in her heyday on the slopes.
Still people stood and stared, sweating in the heat of the Manhattan sun, with some cheering on the former president, his wife, Melania, and son Baron, as they snuck into the church through a side door.
He and the family had flown up to New York from Mar-a-Lago earlier in the week for the funeral service.
The former President is said to be ‘very upset’ about the death of his first wife, with whom he remained close, according to family friends cited by The New York Post.
Ivana first met real estate tycoon Donald Trump in 1976 when she was working as a model, and the two were married just over a year later on April 7, 1977
Ivana Trump may not have made it to the White House – but she relished her role as a loving mother to her three kids and proudly described how she raised them without their father’s help
Ivana married four times in her life; Donald was her second husband. Her first was Austrian skier Alfred Winklmayr, whom she married for a ticket out of her native Czechoslovakia in 1971.
Through Alfred, Ivana obtained an Austrian passport which she then used to emigrate to Canada with. She dissolved the marriage shortly afterwards.
She met Donald Trump in 1976 while in New York City on a work trip.
They married the following year, and she gave birth to their first child, Don. Jr., the same year.
Ivanka was born next in 1981 and then Eric in 1984. Trump and Ivana divorced in 1992 after he met and fell in love with Marla Maples, his second wife and the mother of his fourth child, Tiffany.
Ivana then married Italian businessman Riccardo Mazzucchelli but it was short-lived; they divorced in 1997 after two years together. Mazzucchelli died in 2017.
Her fourth husband, known as her ‘boy toy’, was Rossano Rubicondi. At 23 years her junior, their 2008 marriage attracted tabloid gasps.
The pair remained close even after their divorce the following year, in 2009. Rossano died aged 48 in October last year from complications caused by melanoma.
Ivana Trump with her then-husband Donald and their three kids, left, and right with Donald and Ivanka as a baby
Donald and Ivana’s children have all publicly expressed their heartbreak over the loss of their mother.
Eric, 38, shared a heartfelt tribute with Dailymail.com – penned by himself, Ivanka and Don Jr – hours after Ivana’s passing, which remembered her as an ‘incredible woman’ who was ‘a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend’.
The joint statement recalled the businesswoman’s tough upbringing behind the Iron Curtain and incredible journey to the US, having fled communism in Czechoslovakia before moving to Canada and then New York City.
They said she ‘taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination’ and said she will be ‘dearly missed’.
He has also been traveling to his mother’s home regularly since her death on Thursday and was spotted leaving the property on Monday with a black plastic bag.
It is unclear if the family has removed any sentimental items belonging to Ivana from the property since her death, or what will become of the property now.
Ivanka, 40, also paid tribute to their mother, calling her ‘bold’ and saying she was always prepared to do what was necessary.
In comments to The New York Post this week, she said: ‘Wicked. Vim. Vigor. She brought joy and self-confidence. Understand it stemmed from her birth and upbringing. She came from a communist country.
‘From denial. Being nothing. Having nothing. The Czech Republic background was her rationale for loving the fine things. For what was rich. What spelled glamour. Seeing the best is what defined who she was.
‘Yes, she was bold. But no matter what, where or who she was, she was always there for us. Always The Person to go to. If need be she’d act as the housekeeper. And did. Be the one to wash the dishes — and did.’