Venice resident Amy Michele Pittenger, who worked as a concierge at Gjelina restaurant on Abbott Kinney Boulevard, has died. She was 33.
Pittenger died unexpectedly Sept. 30 while visiting her mother, Nancy Pittenger Lynch, also of Venice.
Pittenger, who is remembered for her compassion and kindness, had an uncanny understanding of others’ problems and brought solace and comfort to many, friends said.
“She always had the right thing to say to a friend, or really to anyone in need,” said her aunt, Carol Brown.
Pittenger was born on June 10, 1979 at Tarzana Medical Center to Richard and Nancy Pittenger. She attended schools in Westlake Village and Agoura, and dedicatedly studied ballet and jazz through her four years of high school.
Her winning smile and quintessential charm led her to the hospitality industry, where she first worked in restaurant service and sales in Boulder, Colo. and Jackson Hole, Wyo. Pittenger’s longtime love of the arts and her many creative talents then directed her to a second career in the entertainment industry, where she was initially employed as a personal assistant and eventually a stylist on a variety of major nationally aired television commercials.
She later moved to the Westside of Los Angeles and became a member of the Motion Picture Costume Union, working at Fox Sports in 2007-08, styling wardrobes of newscasters and sports celebrities for sports commentary programming. She had also worked as a concierge at Fred Segal in Santa Monica and most recently, as concierge at Gjelina in Venice.
Friends say Pittenger’s loving, caring nature and attentive companionship will be dearly missed and deeply cherished by all who knew her.
In addition to her mother, Pittenger is survived by her daughter, Sara Faith Legette, 12, who attended Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School for grades two through four.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary, 1218 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, online donations may be made in Pittenger’s memory to the CLARE Foundation. Information,