Maria von Trapp dies in Vermont

Maria von Trapp, daughter of Austrian Baron Georg von Trapp has died at age 99 in Stowe, Vermont. She was the last surviving member and second-eldest daughter of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for “The Sound of Music,”. Maria von Trapp was the last surviving member of the seven original Trapp Family Singers.

The family eventually settled in Vermont and opened a ski lodge in Stowe. Von Trapp played accordion and taught Austrian dance with sister Rosmarie at the lodge.
She wrote in a biography posted on the Trapp Family’s website that she was born in the Austrian Alps after her family fled fighting from World War I and that she was surrounded by music growing up.