Rosmarie Trapp from the “Sound of Music” family died at the age of 93

Rosmarie Trapp – the eldest child of famous captain Georg Johannes von Trapp and Maria Augusta (Kutschera) von Trapp who inspired The Sound of Music – has died at the age of 93.

Her cause of death was not disclosed, but an obituary noted that she died on May 13 while surrounded by loved ones at a nursing home in Morrisville, Vermont.

“Her kindness, generosity and colorful spirit were legendary and she had a positive impact on countless lives,” reads her obituary.

Trapp was born on February 8, 1929 in a village on the outskirts of Salzburg, Austria.

She was raised with seven older half-siblings – from her father’s widow – and two younger siblings in the family made famous in the Broadway show and classic 1965 film The Sound of Music. The show tells the story of how her parents fell in love and fled Austria as a family music group after her father was pressured to cooperate with the Nazis.

The family history has been altered for the dramatic storyline and no characters are intended to represent Trapp.

Rosmarie Trapp on her bike
Trapp and her family settled in Vermont and opened a lodge and brewery after fleeing to the United States.

Her family settled in the United States in 1938, first living in Pennsylvania and then settling in Vermont. They bought a farm that became the Trapp Family Lodge in 1950, and Trapp became a US citizen the next year simply by signing her name: Rosmarie Trapp.

She spent many years traveling and performing with her family group, the Trapp Family Singers, and was working at the lodge when they began hosting guests. The devoted Christian has also been active as a volunteer, missionary and teacher around the world.

When not traveling, Trapp settled in Stowe, Vermont, where she was remembered as a “character.”

“Rosmarie was famous for walking everywhere and locals marveled as she pulled her purchases home in a wagon or cart, often a considerable distance,” reads a line in her obituary.

The von Trapp family sings from the 1965 film The Sound of Music
The 1965 classic film The Sound of Music is based on the story of the von Trapp family and their escape from the Nazis who occupied their home country of Austria.
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The real Von Trapp Family Singers whose lives were featured in "The sound of music."
The real von Trapp Family Singers whose lives were featured on The Sound of Music.
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She reportedly wrote so many letters to the weekly Stowe Reporter over the years that the local paper gave her a dedicated section called “Rosmaries Corner” to “write about whatever came to mind.”

Johannes von Trapp, 82, the youngest of the children and last surviving member of the famous von Trapp family, opened the Trapp Ende brewery in 2010 on the family property near where she lives.

She was buried in a private ceremony on the family estate, but there will be a celebration of life at Stowe Community Church on Sunday 5 June.

Trapp’s legacy, who never cared much for her family’s fame, extends beyond “The Sound of Music” as she is remembered most for her “generosity,” according to the obituary.

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