Maria Kutschera and Georg von Trapp married in 1927. They had three children together: Rosmarie, 1929–; Eleonore, 1931–; and Johannes, 1939–. Rosemarie Trapp, the daughter of Georg von Trapp and Maria Augusta Kutschera — whose family inspired the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music — has died. She was 93.
Rosemarie Trapp passed away peacefully at the age of 93 at The Manor in Morrisville; 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.
Rosemarie was born on February 8, 1929, in the village of Aigen on the outskirts of Salzburg, Austria. The first child of naval war hero Captain Georg Johannes von Trapp and his wife Maria Augusta (Kutschera) von Trapp, Rosemarie grew up in a large family with seven older half-siblings and two younger siblings.
Her early years were spent with her family in Salzburg, and she emigrated with them to the United States in 1938 to escape the German occupation of Austria, where the family was pressured to cooperate with the Nazis. The family’s story was immortalized in the Broadway musical and movie The Sound of Music, though Rosmarie did not feel compelled to talk about her family’s fame.
After three years living in Lower Merion, PA, the family spent the summer of 1942 in Stowe, where they chose to put down roots, purchasing a farm that eventually evolved into the Trapp Family Lodge in 1950.