Maria von Trapp
Baroness Maria Augusta von Trapp was the stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. She was born on 26 January 1905 to Augusta and Karl Kutschera. After graduating from high school at 15, Maria ran away to stay with a friend with the intent to become a tutor for children staying at nearby hotels.
About Maria von Trapp in brief
Baroness Maria Augusta von Trapp DHS was the stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. She was born on 26 January 1905 to Augusta and Karl Kutschera. Her mother died of pneumonia when she was two, and her father left her with his cousin. After graduating from high school at 15, Maria ran away to stay with a friend with the intent to become a tutor for children staying at nearby hotels. In 1924, she entered Nonnberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Salzburg, as a postulant intending to be a nun. In 1926, Maria was asked to teach one of the seven children of widowed naval commander Georg von Trapp in 1926, while she was still a schoolteacher at the abbey. She then returned to the family and accepted the proposal to marry him, although he was 25 years her senior. They were married on 26 November 1927 and had three children together: Rosmarie, Eleonore , and Johannes. The Von Trapps loved to hike, and on one trip, they spent a night at a farmer’s house.
The next morning, the farmer informed them that two of his daughters had scarlet fever. Maria, Johanna, and Martina all recovered, but Maria’s case, due to lack of hydration, resulted in more serious issues. In 1935, Maria’s kidneys were a lifelong problem for her family, and she had to have an operation to remove 19 stones. For weeks after the operation, she was forced to lie flat on her back all the time. Georg then got her a turtle, which would go scuttling across the floor, so Maria made a leash for it out of tape. To survive the 1929 Crash of 1929, the Trapps moved into an Austrian bank and moved most of their servants into the top floor. The family faced financial ruin, and in 1935, Georg had transferred his savings from a bank in London to a Austrian bank run by a friend named Frau Lammer. This was the day Georg, feeling sorry for his wife, bought her nearly two chicks.