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Maria von Trapp, last of famous
singing siblings, dies at 99

CNN, by Lawrence Crook III

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Posted By:DaddyO, 2/23/2014 6:33:19 AM

Maria von Trapp, the last of the singing children immortalized in the movie musical "The Sound of Music," died at her Vermont home of natural causes, her half-brother told CNN on Saturday. The native of Austria was 99 and lived in Stowe. She died Tuesday. Maria von Trapp was the third-oldest child of Agathe Whitehead and Capt. Georg von Trapp. The couple had seven children: Rupert, Agathe, Maria, Werner, Hedwig, Johanna and Martina. Georg von Trapp´s second wife, Maria Kutschera von Trapp, wrote a book titled "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers," which sparked two German-made movies and "The Sound

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True story.. her father was actually a captain in the Austrian navy and they fled Nazi Germany. But one thing I never understood: why did Austria, a landlocked country, have a navy?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: country boy, 2/23/2014 6:59:05 AM     (No. 9743030)

Both the Captain and his second wife are interred in the side yard of the lodge, open to the public (Stowe, Vt.)

https://www.trappfamily.com/

I had an Aunt who just loved the music. At her funeral the church organist played "Edelweiss" but it was like moving a mountain to get the RC Church to allow it, not be official liturgical music. Sometimes the Church is in a total fog.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 2/23/2014 9:11:24 AM     (No. 9743148)

Are the hills still alive?
´Cause that´s kinda frightening.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: gagolfer, 2/23/2014 9:13:53 AM     (No. 9743152)

We recently saw the delightful Elizabeth von Trapp, a grandchild of the Captain, perform in concert. She tours and makes tv appearances on occasion, has cd´s out, and is excellent. Wonderful personality, voice, and plays guitar.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 2/23/2014 9:14:20 AM     (No. 9743155)

Austria per se didn´t have a navy but when Germany "annexed" Austria the German navy was then, in effect, the Austrian navy as well.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Husker Infidel, 2/23/2014 9:40:37 AM     (No. 9743182)

Austria had a navy before World War I when it was the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. It included territory in Croatia and Bosnia on the Adriatic Sea.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 2/23/2014 9:59:25 AM     (No. 9743207)

Maybe some day the real Von Trapp story will be made into a movie or a play.

It was a lot more interesting than the cotton-candy, fantasy version presented in "The Sound Of Music."

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