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Obituaries: Bryant, Motyleski, Sharpe


John M. Bryant (1963 – 2014)

ALBANY—John M. Bryant, 50, of Valatie died Friday, March 21, 2014 in Albany.

Born July 21, 1963 in Hudson, he was the son of the late Hugh and Nancy (Brown) Bryant.

Mr. Bryant was a 1981 graduate of Ichabod Crane High School and was employed by the Glenville Veterinary Clinic as a dog groomer.  He was an advocate for all animals and was especially devoted to his dogs, Forrest, Abby and Willie.

He was a gentle free spirit who enjoyed spending time with his friends, many of who joined him at countless Grateful Dead shows over the decades. He took great joy in making wine and jelly and making sure everyone got a sample. He loved to sail and spent a year on his boat traveling to Florida.

He is survived by: his sister, Margaret Bryant (Michele Nead) of Valatie; two brothers, Jeffrey Bryant of Hudson and Anthony Bryant of Valatie and five nieces and nephews, Dylan, Melinda, Chelsea, Michael and David.

A celebration of Mr. Bryant’s life will be held Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m. at the Tri-Village Rod and Gun Club in Valatie. Casual attire is requested and tie dyes are welcome. There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie.

Julianne M. Motyleski (1945 – 2014)

PHILMONT—Julianne M. Motyleski, 69, passed on to Heaven, Saturday, March 22 after a long illness.

She was born January 17, 1945 in Jersey City.

Ms. Motyleski lived in Bronx and graduated from Grace Institute for Secretarial Studies. She worked for the Olin Mathieson Corporation in Stamford, CT, for 20 years.

She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crafts and her cats.

She was predeceased by her parents, John and Chestara (Slonski) Motyleski and is survived by her sister, Margaret Costello.

The family thanks the staff at Pine Haven Nursing Home, Dr. Kudria and Community Hospice.

Services will be private.

Arrangements are with the Wenk Funeral Home, Chatham. To convey online condolences visit

Joan Sharpe (1932 – 2014)

GREENPORT—Joan Marie (Sherman) Sharpe, 82, of Greenport died at home March 23.

She was born January 3, 1932 in Germantown, daughter of the late William and Dorothy Sherman.

She attended Germantown Central School, where she graduated in 1950.

Mrs. Sharpe and her late husband, John, were blessed with five daughters: Kathryn, who died at birth, Elizabeth Albin (John), Barbara Groll (Peter), Susan Reh (Joseph) and Jennifer Taylor (Christopher). They enjoyed nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

With the help of her daughters, Mrs. Sharpe operated an exercise business, was active in the family insurance business and Sharpe Self Storage.

She fancied the water and boating, and was partial to spending winters in Florida at their family home, where she relaxed and had down-time away from the busy schedules back in New York State.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. During her alone time she could be found with a Bible outstretched on her lap, quietly watching birds at various feeders with special attention going to the red cardinal that frequented her window.

Mrs. Sharpe’s friendly personality always shone through, even throughout her nine-year battle with ALS. Those who knew her have forever been touched and changed by her deep love and contagious laughter.

The depth of her love for her husband, her girls and their families, all of the other family members and friends gave witness to her unshakeable love for her Savior, Jesus Christ, and her enduring faith and trust in God the Father’s unfailing love for her.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, March 29 at Trinity Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard, Greenport.

Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.


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