BALTIMORE -- Agathe von Trapp, the eldest daughter of the von Trapp family made famous in "The Sound of Music," died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. She was 97 and lived in Brooklandville, Md.
For the past five decades, after she and her siblings stopped performing as the Trapp Family Singers, she lived a quiet life as "a virtual recluse" in Glyndon, Md. She was a kindergarten teacher's helper at a private Catholic school affiliated with the Sacred Heart Parish for many years, said a friend, Mary Louise Kane, with whom she lived.
"She was 43 before she stopped relying on someone older and wiser and went to the grocery store and the bank herself," a 2003 Sun article said.