Rosmarie Trapp, whose family inspired ‘The Sound of Music,’ has died : NPR


This undated photo provided by Trapp Family Lodge shows Rosmarie Trapp.

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Rosmarie Trapp, whose family inspired 'The Sound of Music,' has died : NPR

This undated photo provided by Trapp Family Lodge shows Rosmarie Trapp.

Trapp Family Lodge / AP

Rosmarie Trapp, whose Austrian family the von Trapps were made famous in the musical and beloved film “The Sound of Music”, has died.

She died Friday at the age of 93 at a nursing home in Morrisville, Vermont, Trapp Family Lodge announced. His brother Johannes is station president of Stowe.

Rosmarie was the first daughter of Austrian Navy Captain Georg von Trapp and Maria von Trapp, and a younger half-brother to von Trapp’s older children depicted on stage and in film. The family escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 and went on singing tours across Europe and America. They moved to Vermont in the early 1940s and opened a ski lodge in Stowe.

“She has traveled and performed with the Trapp Family Singers for many years, and worked at the Trapp Family Lodge in its early days when the family began welcoming guests into their home,” Trapp Family Lodge said in a statement.

“Her kindness, generosity and colorful spirit were legendary and she positively impacted countless lives,” the statement read.

“The Sound of Music” was loosely based on a 1949 book by Maria von Trapp. Georg von Trapp and his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp, had seven children. After the death of his first wife, Georg married Maria, who taught music to children.

Georg and Maria von Trapp had three more children, Rosmarie, Eleonore and Johannes, who were not depicted in the film. Eleonore “Lorli” von Trapp Campbell died in October in Northfield, Vermont.

When she became an American citizen in 1951, she signed her name as Rosmarie Trapp, omitting von, according to the lodge.

Rosmarie worked for five years as a missionary and teacher in Papua New Guinea with her sister Maria, her relatives said. In Stowe, she was known to walk everywhere, frequently bringing her purchases home in a trolley or cart. She also wrote frequent letters to the local newspaper, where she got her own space, “Rosmarie’s Corner,” for her stories, they said. She led singing groups, knitting circles, spun wool, owned several thrift stores and loved teaching people to sing, they said.


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