James R. Marin, 98, Altoona, passed away Saturday at The Winds at Mattern Orchard, Duncansville.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Nicola and Antoinette (DePalma) Marinucci.
Surviving are his wife, Carmela (Sinisi) Marin; two daughters: Helen Cirignano and husband, Ram, of Huntingdon and Jamie Nelson of Montoursville; a stepson, Daniel Seitz and wife, Julie, of Altoona; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; seven step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews with whom he had a close relationship, especially Steve and Theresa Pellegrine.
He was preceded in death by five sisters: Adele Pellegrine, Alodia DeNisi, Mary Napolitano, Connie Sicola and Grace Robertazzi; and a brother, Harry.
Jim was a graduate of Altoona High School and attended New York University. He served four years with the U.S. Army during WWII and was a special agent in the Army's Military Intelligence Division assigned to the Manhattan Project, the organization responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb. He was a witness to the first atomic bomb test in Alamogordo, N.M., in 1945. In this capacity, Jim met many of the scientists involved in creating the bomb, including Enrico Fermi and Robert Oppenheimer.
Jim retired in 1971 as deputy director of the Security and Intelligence Division of the Atomic Energy Commission, New York Operations office. From 1934-42, he was employed by the Pennsylvania Electric Co. as a district representative.
Jim was a member of the Army Intelligence Association, the A&J Iaia American Legion Post 827 and the Pompano Beach, Fla., and Park Hills, Altoona, golf clubs. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and a member of the Holy Name Society.
Jim enjoyed playing golf and all athletics, having played baseball in the Greater Altoona City League, basketball in the City Mercantile League and independent football.
Jim was a very caring person who made frequent visits to hospitals and nursing homes to visit family and friends on a regular basis and a true gentleman who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery, with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for Masses or to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Restoration Fund.