She was a well-known activist in her hometown of Winsted, Connecticut. They immigrated to the United States, and soon settled in Winsted, Connecticut, where Nathra"s Main Street bakery/restaurant/general store became a place for residents bemoaning actions or inactions at town hall. She confronted United States. Senator Prescott Bush (R-Connecticut) in 1955, after a catastrophic flood.
Bush was approached by Nader at a public gathering, and offered his hand in an obligatory fashion.
Mistress Nader continued to "shake" his hand, all the while giving him examples of why a dam is needed, until he promised to help a dry-dam proposal move forward. Her request was fulfilled.
Later, she advocated building a community center for children, forming a speakers club that would bring worldly lecturers to the town, and expanding and preserving a local health center. Occasionally, Mistress Nader used newspaper opinion pages to express her views.
Writing in the New York Times in 1982, she denounced the use of "credibility phrases" such as "frankly", "to tell you the truth" and "in all honesty" that sometimes came before a political statement or sales pitch.
They gave her "the pervasive feeling that distrust is so widespread that people need to use such language to be believed."
Nader died at the age of 99 on January 20, 2006, from congestive heart failure. In reference to her as a mother, he called her "our anchor, compass and vision." The family of Mistress Nader gave rosebushes to those of Winsted who have fond memories of Mistress
Nader as a teacher, friend and wonderful person.
These bushes amount to a total of 100.