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Local legend passes on

By ERIN BEIL

Staff writer

Rarely would you find Wynne Littman without a smile on her face.

Those who knew her best remember her for her generosity, energy and love for the community. Littman, a longtime Kitsap County resident and business owner, died early Tuesday morning. She was 66.

“Everyone that met her could tell how warm and generous she was,” said Tobey Littman, Wynne’s daughter. “She would’ve done anything for this community.”

Born in San Diego on July 24, 1941, Littman moved to Bremerton with her parents when she was 4.

After graduating from Colorado Women’s college with a degree in marketing, which also is where she met and married her husband, Charlie Littman, the couple moved back to Bremerton and took over the family jewelry business.

Known for her sense of humor and friendly outlook on life, Littman excelled in the family business at Goldberg’s Jewelers. Famous for her marketing seminars throughout the United States, Littman also won multiple awards for her promotional work for the business, which included international recognition.

“I was always impressed with her marketing efforts,” said long-time friend Hank Mann-Sykes. “She was a really giving person ... always happy ... and had a positive outlook on life.”

Mann-Sykes said Littman used her creative talent to create the silver whale tale charms that were passed out during Whaling Days events, as well as throughout Goldberg’s Jewelers for in-store promotions.

“She had a flair for creativity,” he added. “(Wynne and Charlie) did a lot of good in the community.”

A founding member of the Kitsap BlueJacket baseball team, Littman and Charlie spent many nights out at the Kitsap Fairgrounds Ball Fields cheering on their team.

“Wynne was an avid supporter of the BlueJackets and of the business,” said co-business owner and family friend Rick Smith. “She really enjoyed the players and the fans.”

Smith added that during the season, the players would come and visit Littman in the ticketing booth and talk to her and often exchange hugs.

“It’s a terrible loss for her family and friends,” Smith said. “And also for the community, we became very close working together.”

Although Littman was battling diabetes, she still was in attendance at almost every game.

“Nothing got her down,” Tobey said. “She didn’t care with all her ailments, she was positive with everything.”

Littman also spent her time as a member of the Harrison Hospital Foundation Mathis Guild, was an active member of the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce and was involved in numerous local charities and organizations.

“This was her home,” Tobey said through tears. “She would give as much back as she could until she got sick.”

A memorial service for Littman will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 18, at Tuckers Restaurant at Gold Mountain Golf Course.

“She gave more than what she wanted to receive,” Charlie said of his wife. “She loved everybody and always saw the positive in everyone.”

Littman is survived by her loving family — Charlie, Tobey, son Ron and grandchildren Bailey, Aiyanna, and Bryce.

In lieu of flowers, in-kind donations can be made to the cardiac unit at Harrison Medical Center, 2520 Cherry Avenue, Bremerton WA 98310.

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