Maria von Trapp, 99, dies in Vermont

Maria von Trapp, 99, dies in Vermont

February 22nd, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Maria von Trapp, daughter of Austrian Baron Georg von Trapp, smiling during a press conference at the Villa Trapp in Salzburg, Austria in this 2008 file photo. The last surviving member of the famous Trapp Family Singers made famous in "The Sound of Music" died this week at her home in Vermont. She was 99.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

STOWE, Vt. - The last surviving 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. 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.