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Norman L. Edlebeck
Issue Date: March 11, 2020
Norman Leo Edlebeck (Whoopee Norm Edlebeck), 80, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020 in Marinette.
Born Oct. 22, 1939 in Wausaukee, the son of Joseph and Rhea (Bentley) Edlebeck, he loved music and started a three piece band at age 18 in 1957, in which he played accordion with his brother Bill on drums and a cousin on guitar/banjo. He worked for over 30 years at the Wausaukee Post Office, retiring in 1992.
They played for many weddings and small parties in the area and he acquired the name "Whoopee" at age 8 by his family and friends, due to his admiration for polka king, Whoopee John. They became the 10 piece band, Whoopee Norm Edlebeck And His Dairyland Dutchmen.
He played for decades throughout the United States at many dance halls and festivals and also had a Saturday morning polka radio show in Marinette for many years. He also owned a Dog n Suds Restaurant and Laundromat in Wausaukee, but Polka music was his true love. In 1993, he moved to New Ulm, Mn. where he opened a Laundromat and continued to play band gigs and festivals.
He is survived by a brother, Bill (Trudy) Edlebeck of Port Washington; two daughters, Kimberlee (Peter) Schneider of Charlotte, N.C. and Erica (James) Penkert of St. Peter, Mn.; seven grandchildren and his loving companion, Carol Seivert.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles; a sister, Marlene (Stanley) Lewandowski; his first wife, Donna Edlebeck and his second wife, Kathrin Edlebeck.
Visitation will be held at Roubal Funeral Home in Wausaukee on Sunday, March 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., immediately followed by burial in Evergreen Cemetery.