Ivana Trump, the 1980s businesswoman and style

 symbol /picture who helped Donald Trump build the empire

 that put him on the path to the White House, lived a "beautiful life," the former president recalled. .

The former president joined all of her children, 

a string of relatives and friends at a Manhattan church for Ivana Trump's funeral mass.

"A very sad day, but at the same time a celebration of a wonderful and beautiful life,

he wrote on his Truth Social, before he, former first lady Melania Trump

 their son Barron headed to St. Vincent Ferrer.

Funeral held for Ivana Trump; former president pays tribute

Ivana Trump, the 1980s businesswoman and style symbol/picture who helped Donald Trump build the empire