Sunday, December 5, 2021

Lorley von Trapp Campbell of the Sound of Music family dies

STOW, W. (AP) – The second daughter of Maria von Trapp, whose Austrian family was famous for being portrayed in the musical and beloved film “The Sound of Music”, has died. She was 90.

Eleanor “Lorley” von Trapp Campbell died Sunday in Northfield, Vermont. The death was confirmed by The Day Funeral Home in Randolph, Vermont.

Campbell was born in Salzburg, Austria, the second daughter of Georg and Maria von Trapp and the younger half-sister of von Trapp’s older children, who were later portrayed on stage and in films.

The family fled Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 and played concert tours in Europe and America. The family settled in Vermont in the early 1940s and opened a ski lodge in Stowe.

Austrian traditions, which her mother brought to Vermont from Europe, have played a big role in family life, daughter Hope McAndrew of East Hardwick, Vermont, said Thursday.

McAndrew said they all know every word from The Sound of Music, but they also know the songs the family sang on their North American tour, well before the musicals.

“They did amazing Christmas concerts that she told us. And they were really touching, ”McAndrew said. “She has very fond memories of these Christmas concerts.”

The Sound of Music is a music piece and film based on the book by Maria von Trapp, who died in 1987, 1949. It tells the story of an Austrian woman who married a widower with seven children and teaches them music.

Campbell’s father, Austrian naval captain Georg von Trapp, and his first wife, Agatha Whitehead von Trapp, had seven children who formed the backbone of the singing family in musical and film. Maria married the captain after the death of Whitehead von Trapp and taught her new stepsons music. Now they are all dead.

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Georg von Trapp and Maria von Trapp gave birth to three more children who were not portrayed in the film; Campbell was second. Campbell’s siblings, Rosemary von Trapp and Johannes von Trapp, live in Stowe.

Campbell’s first career was as a soprano singer with the Trapp Family Singers, who traveled around the world and throughout the United States except South Dakota and Hawaii until she married Hugh David Campbell in 1954, according to the obituary.

“The life of touring singing requires extraordinary discipline and hard work, and my mother lived as a teenager, sang the lead soprano, night after night, and toured most of the year, and that really shaped her personality. was, ”Campbell’s daughter Elizabeth Peters of Cambridge, Massachusetts said Thursday.

“She was a very disciplined woman and yet she missed out on many of the things we all enjoyed in high school and college, and yet she was very grateful for all the travel and experiences she had,” Peters said. …

After Campbell married in 1954, she supported her husband, trainer, and teacher in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, raising seven daughters. In 1975, the family moved to Waitsfield, Vermont. She taught her girls how to cook, bake, plant, sew, knit, darn, and make butter and ice cream from scratch.

In addition to the two remaining siblings, the survivors include seven daughters, 18 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. The service is scheduled for November 6 in Waitsfield.

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