Judy Dawson Moncovich, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away on January 5, 2024, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the age of 61. Born on January 5, 1963, in Fairfax, Virginia, Judy lived a life filled with adventure and a zest for the great outdoors.
Judy had a diverse work experience, most notably serving as an Association Manager for the HOA through a third party. But it was her passion for fishing and the water that truly defined her. She was not just your average angler; she was a professional fisherman who fearlessly conquered the waters. Whether she was kayaking or simply enjoying the tranquility of being outdoors, Judy found solace in the company of nature and a fishing rod in hand.
As a proud member of the Tidewater Kayak Association, Judy immersed herself in a community of like-minded individuals who shared her love for kayaking and exploring the open waters. She could often be heard repeating her famous fishing mantra, “Here fishy fishy…“ because, as she believed, saying it out loud was the secret to reeling in the big one.
Judy was preceded in death by her father, David A. Dawson, whose memory she cherished dearly. She is survived by her loving husband, Mike Moncovich, who supported her fishing endeavors and shared in her adventures. Her sons, Doug Popovich and Michael Wentzel, will forever carry their mother’s spirit of adventure and love for the outdoors. Judy’s legacy extends to her beloved grandchildren, Emily Popovich, Jake Wentzel, and Benjamin Wentzel, who will undoubtedly hear tales of their exceptional grandmother’s fishing exploits for years to come.
In addition to her immediate family, Judy is survived by her mother, Marian A. Dawson, and her brothers, Greg Dawson and Brad Dawson. Their memories together are filled with laughter, shared experiences, and a deep bond that will continue to bring comfort in times of remembrance.
At this time there are no services scheduled for Judy, but her spirit will forever be celebrated by those whose lives she touched. In the meantime, let us remember Judy as the fearless fisherman, the skilled kayaker, and the devoted outdoors enthusiast that she was.
Rest in peace, dear Judy. May your soul find eternal tranquility in the vastness of the waters you loved so dearly.
Atlmeyer Funeral Home and Cremation, Southside is honored to serve the Moncovich family during this difficult time.