‘Sound of Music’ inspiration Rosmarie Trapp dies, age 93

May 20, 2022
Rosmarie's family shared the news of her passing in a statement on Instagram. Source: Instagram/ @ trappfamilylodge

Rosmarie Trapp whose family inspired the hit musical The Sound of Music has passed away age 93 on Friday, May 13 surrounded by family.

Rosmarie’s family shared the news of her passing in a statement on Instagram, praising her “kindness, generosity, and colorful spirit” and her “positive impact on countless lives”.

“Stowe lost one of its kindest, most gentle souls yesterday. Rosmarie Trapp passed away peacefully on Friday evening at the age of 93; she was in the presence of loved ones all day long. Her kindness, generosity, and colorful spirit were legendary, and she had a positive impact on countless lives,” the statement read.

“Please respect our family’s privacy as we take time to process this loss, and prepare to celebrate the life of an amazing woman. We believe the best way to recognize Rosmarie is to demonstrate the same selfless kindness and generosity that she exemplified daily.”

Rosmarie was born on February 8, 1929 in Austria and was the first daughter of Austrian naval Captain Georg von Trapp and Maria von Trapp. Alongside her family, Rosmarie travelled Europe and America performing singing tours as the Trapp Family Singers after escaping Nazi-occupied Austria.

The 1965 film, The Sound of Music told the story of how Captain Georg Von Trapp alongside his wife and seven children sang through Europe and escaped Nazi-occupied Austria to start a new life in America.

Rosmarie revealed to Sunday People in comments published in The Daily Mail that she “was not happy on stage. I was made to do it”.

“We never went running in a field and singing songs like that. We had a hard life. It was a struggle,” she said.

In her late life, Rosmarie was know for her work as a missionary and teacher in Papua New Guinea, she also regularly contributed to her local newspaper where she was given her own column, Rosmarie’s Corner.

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