Wisconsin's Oldest Bookstore

Meet Our Staff

JIM JANKE

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Jim has been working at Janke's for 36 years and serves as co-owner with his sister, Jane Janke Johnson.

JANE JANKE JOHNSON

A graduate of Luther College, Jane Janke Johnson is celebrating her 33rd year at Janke Book Store. She co-owns the store with her brother Jim.

CAROL REITZ

Carol has been working at Janke Book Store for 23 years. She is a retired reading specialist with the Wausau School District.

BERNIE KOHLMAN

Bernie has been working at Janke Book Store for 23 years. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, she is a retired teacher and grocer.

MARION ZAHRT

Marion is an institution at Janke Book Store. She has worked with four generations of the Janke family through her 63 years of service at Janke Book Store.

GARY GISSELMAN

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and librarian and principle archivist for the Marathon County Historical Society, Gary has been working at Janke Book Store for 12 years.

SONJA ACKERMAN

Sonja is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. A children's literature specialist, she is a librarian with the Wausau School District and has been employed at Janke Book Store for four years. A devotee of the culinary arts, Sonja is also a master chef.

BARB KOCH

Barb joined the Janke Book Store staff in 2008. She was voted BEST GRANDMA IN THE WORLD by her grandchildren...because she spoils them with great books and games from Janke's. Her other interests include gardening and knitting.

KAREN BRIGGS

Karen joined the Janke staff in 2010 after a career teaching math in the Wausau School District. She in fact was Jane Janke's seventh grade math teacher. Karen said the most enjoyable aspect of her job is the interaction with such a wide variety of people.