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Maria Von Trapp dies in Vermont

Maria von Trapp, a member of the famous Trapp Family and influence for The Sound of Music, has died at age 99.

Maria von Trapp, daughter of Austrian Baron Georg von Trapp, prepares to play a guitar and sing with traditionally dressed children in front of her former home, Villa Trapp, in Salzburg in this July 2008. Reuters
Maria von Trapp, daughter of Austrian Baron Georg von Trapp, prepares to play a guitar and sing with traditionally dressed children in front of her former home, Villa Trapp, in Salzburg in this July 2008. Reuters

A member of the famous Trapp Family Singers made famous in The Sound of Music died this week at her home in Vermont. Maria von Trapp was 99.

Von Trapp’s brother, Johannes von Trapp, says that she died on Tuesday, February 23, 2014. He called her a “lovely woman who was one of the few truly good people.”

The family won acclaim throughout Europe for their singing and escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938. Their story was turned into the film and Broadway musical. Maria von Trapp is the second youngest girl and was portrayed as Louisa in The Sound of Music.

They moved to Vermont in 1942 after visiting during a singing tour and vacationing in Stowe. The family opened and still operates a lodge there.