Rita Koslow Nadler, 88, of Montclair, died April 8 after a short illness. She was the wife of the late Jack Nadler.

Rita was born June 2, 1931, in Paterson to Nathan and Sara Koslow.  She graduated from Paterson Eastside High School and received a B.A. from Smith College and a law degree from the University of Chicago.  She also attended the University of Geneva in Switzerland, where she made lifelong friends. She never missed a Smith College reunion. 

Rita practiced law for more than 50 years, retiring at 78. Recently, Rita served as a docent at the Newark Museum. 

Rita married Jack in 1953, and they raised their three children in Montclair. Her love and devotion for Jack was evident throughout their marriage, and especially in how she cared for him until he died five years ago. They played tennis weekly and enjoyed hiking and cross-country skiing. 

She loved to gather her extended family at her home for any holiday or special occasion, serving what was always an excess of food at her home in Montclair or her vacation home in the Adirondacks.  It was not uncommon for dozens of people to be packed in that house for a winter vacation. Rita also enjoyed family vacations on Long Beach Island. 

Her love for the arts was strong. Rita attended the opera regularly, and a Thanksgiving trip to a Broadway show was a family tradition. She and Jack made sure their children were exposed to a wide variety of cultural experiences. 

Rita traveled extensively, first with family when the children were younger, and then with Jack, and with friends and relatives after he passed away. Rita visited every continent except Antarctica, at least once. Her last trip was in December to Costa Rica with her three children and six grandchildren. There, she kept pace with every activity, walking through the jungle and visiting historic sites. She was not even remotely done with her travel plans when she died.  

A formidable woman with a big and generous heart, Rita was never afraid to express her opinion on any topic. It was also important for her to serve her community. She served on the Montclair Planning Board for 16 years, including 10 as chairwoman.  She also served as president of the board of directors of the Rockcliffe Apartments in Montclair.

Rita is survived by her children, Evan Nadler and his wife, Tina, of Washington, D.C.; Jennifer Wright and her husband, Roy, of Jersey City, and Matthew and his wife, Ann, of Plymouth Mass. She leaves behind her grandchildren, Owen and Sabrina Nadler, Abigail and Sydney Wright, and Aaron and Jeremy Nadler. She also leaves behind numerous cousins, grand-nieces and nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by her sister, Elaine Canter, and brother, Harvey Koslow.

A private burial is planned. A memorial service will take place at a later time when appropriate. 

Donations in Rita’s memory may be made to the Newark Museum of Art at www.newarkmuseumart.org/donate or Newark Museum of Art, 49 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102.