By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
The July Little Falls Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month is an employee of Marshik Insurance Agency. Mary Brutger has been employed by the company for five and a half years as a customer service representative. As an agent, she specifically sells auto, home and flood insurance, along with insurance for all toys such as motorcycles, boats and ATVs.
Brutger’s superviser, Rosi Przybilla, said, “Mary is a valuable asset to the Marshik Insurance Agency. She takes pride in her work and always strives to do her very best both for the agency and her customers. She is a team player and an exceptional employee. We are lucky to have her.”
“I do this because I like people. I meet so many and enjoy them all,” Brutger said. “The job has a lot of variety and I love finding exactly what each of my customers need.”
Before insurance, Mary and her husband Douglas, now deceased, owned Sunwood Inn in Morris. They sold the 100-room hotel in 1996 and moved to Maryland, where she worked for State Farm Insurance. In 2005, she moved back to Minnesota to be closer to family. She currently lives in St. Joseph.
“I have siblings in Maple Grove, Buffalo, Maple Lake, Ham Lake and St. Michael,” she said. “My son, Jason, his wife, Rebecca and my grandchildren live in Brainerd and my mother is in Annandale. I built my home to be as close to everyone as possible.”
Brutger also has another son, Derek, and a daughter, Caitlin.
In her spare time, Brutger loves to read books by Danielle Steele and Nicholas Sparks, take walks and spend time with her friends and family, especially at her brother’s cabin on Indian Lake.
For being named the Employee of the Month, Brutger received gift certificates from Broadway Stylists, Taco John’s and Pizza Ranch, flowers from Coborn’s, a professional photo by Silker Studios and a cookbook from St. Gabriel’s Hospital Hospice Program.