Agathe von Trapp

Agathe von Trapp, the oldest daughter of the von Trapp family, died last month at the age of 97. The death was announced by Mary Louise Kane who has lived with von Trapp for the past 50 years.

The musical The Sound of Music was based on a romanticized version of the escape of the von Trapp family from Nazi Germany. Agathe would have been the basis for the character Leisl. In the actual von Trapp family, the oldest child was a son, Werner.

The family moved to the U.S. in 1939. After World War 2, they moved to Vermont where they opened the Trapp Family Lodge in the ski resort town of Stowe.

Von Trapp and Kane operated a kindergarten in at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Glyndon, Md.

And this being an LGBT paper, do we really need an excuse to post something from The Sound of Music? Here’s Julie Andrews and Charmian Carr as Leisl — Agathe sort of — singing “I Am 16 Going on 17.”