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Death of Rosmarie Trapp: The eldest daughter of a family of musicians that inspired The Sound of Music dies at the age of 93

Rosmarie Trapp, a member of the musical family that inspired the Oscar-winning film the sound of music, died at the age of 93.

The eldest daughter of naval war hero Captain Georg Johannes von Trapp and his second wife Maria Augusta Kutschera “passed away peacefully” on May 13 in a nursing home in Vermont, USA.

She has been in the “presence of loved ones” all day, her family said in a statement posted to Instagram on Saturday (May 14). No cause of death was announced.

The statement, also signed by the family’s only surviving son, Johannes von Trapp, read: “[Rosemarie’s] Kindness, generosity and colorful spirit were legendary, and they had a positive impact on countless lives.”

Her family have asked for privacy as she prepares to process her loss and “celebrate the life of an amazing woman”.

“We believe the best way to recognize Rosemary is to demonstrate the same selfless kindness and generosity that she exemplifies every day,” the statement continued.

According to an obituary published in theVermont Biz On Tuesday (May 17), Trapp was born on February 8, 1929 on the outskirts of Salzburg, Austria.

She spent her childhood with her seven older half-siblings and two younger siblings in Salzburg. The von Trapp family later emigrated to the United States in 1938, fleeing Austria when Hauptmann von Trapp was under pressure to collaborate with the Nazis.

Three years later, the family moved from Pennsylvania to Stowe—a town in northern Vermont—and eventually founded the Trapp Family Lodge in 1950. Trapp became a US citizen the following year and performed with the Trapp Family Singers for many years.

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Her story was adapted into one of Broadway’s most famous musicals and even inspired the Oscar-winning 1965 film The sound of music – starring Julie Andrews as Maria – although Trapp rarely spoke about her family’s claim to fame.

She later worked with her sister Maria for five years as a lay missionary and teacher in Papua, New Guinea. According to her obituary, Trapp also volunteered at a kibbutz, or communal settlement, in Israel and reportedly overstayed her visa.

The obituary also emphasized “Rosmary’s sense of curiosity and wonder [which] led her to pursue a variety of projects throughout her life, including organizing sing-along and knitting groups, owning several thrift stores, and teaching people how to sing and play the recorder.

Her persistent letters to the Stowe Reporter apparently earned Trapp her own column entitled “Rosemarie’s Corner” in the local Vermont newspaper.

While Trapp’s funeral was already held at the Trapp Family Lodge family cemetery, a celebration of life will be held at Stowe Community Church on June 5.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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