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Body Brought to Manhattan After Funeral Services at Rhinecliff
The body of John Jacob Astor was buried this afternoon beside the grave of his mother in Trinity Cemetery, on Washington Heights. The funeral services were held at Rhinecliff-on-the-Hudson, the Rev. Dr. Ernest C. Saunders officiating. All flags were at half-staff, and business stopped during the hour of the funeral. A curious crowd thronged the streets leading to the Episcopal Church, and the services of a dozen officers were necessary to keep them at respectful distance.

At the request of Vincent Astor, heir of the dead millionaire, only the formal service of the Episcopal Church was used, and the funeral sermon will be preached at Trinity Church in Manhattan to-morrow by the pastor, the Rev. Dr. W. T. Manning. “Nearer My God to Thee,” which for years has been sung at the funerals of the Astors, was omitted, as it was feared the strains of the hymn, which was the last played by the bandsmen on the Titanic, might cause the collapse of Mrs. Madeline Force Astor, the bereaved bride.

Mrs. Ava Willing Astor, the first wife of the dead millionaire, did not attend the services. In the funeral party were Vincent Astor, Mrs. Astor, the young widow; her sister, Miss Katherine Force; her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. William Force, and Miss Muriel Astor.

It was said the members of the family would go to the Astor residence in Fifth avenue, Manhattan, and listen to the reading of the will, which Col. Astor signed immediately after his marriage to Miss Force.


Mark Baber, USA


Encyclopedia Titanica (2004) COL. ASTOR BURIED IN GRAVE BESIDE MOTHER (Standard Union, Saturday 4th May 1912, ref: #4209, published 17 November 2004, generated 15th October 2021 07:51:30 PM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/col-astor-buried-grave-beside-mother.html