A Life Well Lived
Lifelong South Bay resident Wynn Pritzkat died Sunday, January 12, 2020, of complications from pneumonia. Born at Memorial Hospital of Gardena in 1956, Wynn attended Redondo schools, graduating from Redondo Union High School in 1974. He attended El Camino College launching a lifelong career in cosmetology, and as a stylist he found the perfect outlet for his love of people and his creativity–and he thrived at it for over 40 years, the last 20 at Ariana Hair Studio in Riviera Village. While Wynn’s creativity also extended into music and photography, his true gift was helping people, in all aspects of the world, see their own unique beauty.
In 1999 he married the love of his life, Marian De Meire. Their life together, including their annual trips to Kona, was Wynn’s bedrock. Wynn was a three-time cancer survivor, and in 2005 he became a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous and devoted attendee of the 7am group at the Hermosa Alano Club. Wynn found great joy in being of service to others. He was an inspirational speaker at the Thelma McMillen Recovery Center; he volunteered at His Sheltering Arms, a shelter for women in Los Angeles; he was an integral part of AA’s annual South Bay Roundup; and most importantly, he was a friend to all who knew him.
A regular at Uncle Bill’s in Manhattan Beach, Wynn spent many mornings on the sand, piloting RC cars and drones. In addition to his wife, Marian, Wynn is survived by his parents, Barbara and Martin Pritzkat; his brothers, Miles and Carl Pritzkat; his nieces, Caitlin Foley and Heather Rudig; his nephews, Austin and Brandon Pritzkat; his great nephews, Amos Foley and Davis Rudig; his great niece, Jamison Rudig; and a community of people whose hearts he touched profoundly.
For information about a memorial, see the "Celebration of Life" page on this site.
For information about the Wynn Pritzkat Scholarship Fund at the Thelma McMillen Recovery Center, see the "Wynn's Legacy" page on this site.