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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Genoa City soldier laid to rest in Bloomfield Cemetery

Cpl. Keith A. Nurnberg of Genoa City was buried Saturday with full military honors at Bloomfield Cemetery.

Although the story of his death was widely reported in Illinois, few in Walworth County were aware that Nurnberg and his wife, Tonya, had moved to Genoa City earlier this year. They were married in December.

Earlier this week, Chris Jordan, Walworth County veterans service officer notified members area veteran's groups, who quickly organized to attend funeral services and support their fellow soldier.

Nurnberg died Sept. 5 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit during combat operations.

He graduated from McHenry West High School in 1999 and was on his second tour of duty in Iraq, according to a story in the Daily Herald.

He was awarded the rank of corporal posthumously.

Nurnberg's survivors include: his wife, Tonya,; his parents, Barbara and Alan Nurnberg of McHenry; a grandmother; and three sisters.

Tonya is expecting the couple's first child in November.

Visitation was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14 at Spring Grove Funeral Chapel in Spring Grove, Ill.

The funeral was Saturday at St. Joseph's church in Richmond, Ill., with the burial at Bloomfield Cemetery on Highway H.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia.

Nurnberg was 26.

Instead of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Tonya Nurnberg benefit account at First Midwest Bank, 3510 W. Elm St., McHenry, Ill., 60050.

More: Ninth Benning soldier from 2-69 killed in Iraq


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