Judy Seldes Petock

by | Jan 21, 2021 | Obituaries

Richmond, Va.—Judy Seldes Petock passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning after a brief illness.

She was born in Richmond to Aaron and Fannie Seldes, who predeceased her. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, married the love of her life, Jerry Petock (who preceded her in death), and lived in Tidewater throughout their marriage. Judy was involved in the Portsmouth and Norfolk communities as a volunteer for Gomley Chesed Sisterhood, Hadassah, and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She was a lifelong poll worker, but her greatest satisfaction came from her “Just Judy” gift business and her position as a “Boutique Lady” at Stein Mart.

Guests were always welcomed in the Petock home and Judy loved entertaining. Whether she was hosting a weekly mahjongg game or a drop-in for friends and neighbors, everyone knew good fun and good food would be on the menu! She enjoyed her morning walks and breakfasts with neighbors and spending summers at Virginia Beach. Judy returned to Richmond in 2014, rekindled treasured friendships, and volunteered at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital and the Massey Cancer Thrift Store.

Left to cherish fond and zany memories of Judy are her daughters and their husbands—Amy and David Nisenson and Mindy and Art Bloom. She adored her three grandchildren—Daniel (Julie) Nisenson, Austin (Jay) Heller, and Stacey (Brian) Newman. Great-granddaughters, Tabor Nisenson and Ella Newman, were her greatest joy. She also enjoyed close beloved relationships with Norman and Selma Petock, Ed and Sara Rosenbaum, and her nephews and their spouses.

H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. A Live-Streamed service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem or Hadassah.