This 9/11 Hero’s Widow Needs Our Help Again. How We’re Making Sure Her House Is Safe And Sound


If Margaret Ursta looks familiar, there’s a good reason. We’ve spent a lot of time with her and her late husband, Nick, over the last two years as we assembled a team of volunteers who helped finish their dream home.

Nick died of mesothelioma, lung cancer, caused by his volunteer work at Ground Zero after 9/11. Nick’s goal was to get Margaret into their home before he passed. Just like any major home remodel, some issues have come up since then, and a year after Nick’s death, another hero is coming to the rescue.

Special Thanks

To everyone who contributed to the Ursta projects, we thank you all. We apologize if we’re missing anyone in the following list:

  • Nasco Roofing and Construction: Jerry Nasseri and his team installed gutters and corrected drainage issues to prevent damage to the Ursta home.
  • TUDI Mechanical Systems: They installed a brand new furnace and donated the entire system as part of their Heat For The Needy program.
  • Kevin Anglum and Tony Napolitano: These retired contractors have done the walls and ceilings drywall and sheet rock with additional volunteer assistance from the Carpenters and Joiners Union .
  • Maury Burgwin, President of the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce : Burgwin worked with area businesses on materials and labor.
  • Anonymous: A mystery man paid for the roofing job installed by Nicolella Roofing .
  • Matt Mertz Plumbing : They have done a complete job of running all of the plumbing and making sure it’s all up to code. It took a week of work and they didn’t ask for a penny.
  • Michael Jacobs, President and Owner of Marvista Kitchen and Bath . Jacobs’ team put together the dream kitchen and bathrooms for Nick and Margaret.
  • 84 Lumber donated the siding and materials to finish the exterior of the Ursta home.
  • Richard Garland and his volunteers from The Blessing Board installed siding on the Ursta home.
  • Dan Horhut and his crew from Horthut Tree Experts cleaned up the piles and piles of debris from the trees and shrubbery that was removed from the yard.
  • Pat Molyneaux and his team at Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood took care of the carpet and flooring throughout the home.
  • Levin Furniture and an anonymous donor provided furnishings for the home: living room, dining room, and bedroom.
  • Voss TV & Appliance : Matt Hufford and the rest of the family at Voss really stepped up to take care of appliances for the Ursta’s Kitchen.

Margaret shows Marty two flowers that bloomed out of nowhere on the side of her home. For her, it’s a beautiful reminder of Nick.

Looking Back At The Ursta’s Journey On Sparkt (Newest to Oldest below):

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