Janet Steiger has died at the age of 64. The Oshkosh native was a congressman's widow who went on to head the Federal Trade Commission and serve under four presidents.
In her years of government service, she investigated the nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island and set postal rates. While serving as FTC chairwoman, she was instrumental in the first government actions against tobacco companies over the use of cartoon characters to target youths.
She died suddenly yesterday while visiting her sister, Ann Dempsey, in Fort Myers, Florida. Steiger married William Steiger in 1963 when the Republican represented Oshkosh in the Wisconsin Assembly. He went on to represent Wisconsin's 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He was serving in that post when he was stricken by a fatal heart attack in 1978 at age 40. Their only child, Bill Steiger, is an assistant to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson.
Services are scheduled in Oshkosh. Visitation is Tuesday evening at Fiss and Bills Funeral Home. A funeral Mass is at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Parish.