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Leslie Lynn Dancosse


1961 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Leslie Lynn Dancosse Obituary
Leslie Lynn Dancosse, 56, died suddenly at home in Farmingville, NY on March 13, 2018. Leslie was born in Willimantic, CT on May 27, 1961 to Henry and Sandra Dancosse. Her family moved to Saxton's River, VT in 1974. She graduated from Bellows Falls Union High School in 1979.

Leslie was an accomplished professional dog handler and breeder. She started in the business of showing German Shepherds while still in High School under the guidance of her parents. They apparently taught her well as she soon became one of the top breeders and handlers in the German Shepherd world. She was a regular exhibitor at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden in New York city. At the time of her death she co-owned and operated MARDAN German Shepherds in Farmingville, NY with her partner Sue Condreras. Leslie was well respected by her peers and the American Kennel Club, (AKC), for her contributions to the German Shepherd breed, as well as to the dog community in general.

Leslie had a passion for all the young handlers who represented the future of the GSD community. She never hesitated to reach out to mentor these young handlers to help mold them into strong, capable, accomplished young adults. She herself, never forgot what it was like to be a young girl in the big ring and got most of her joy out of helping others become great handlers.

In 2015, Leslie received the coveted Lamar Kuhns award, which recognizes outstanding presentation and grooming of dogs and creating of good will for German Shepherd Dogs.

Leslie is survived by her partner Sue Condreras of Farmingville, NY, her mother Sandra J. Dancosse of Bellows Falls, VT, her brother David Dancosse and wife Michele of North Westminster, VT, her niece Trista Lynn Brown and husband Matt of Saxtons River, VT. She was pre-deceased by her father Henry J. Dancosse and grandmother Myrtle "Cookie" Chappell affectionately known as "Grammy Mar".

A celebration of Leslie's life will be held on March 24, 2018 at Forrester Maher Funeral Home 998 Portion Rd Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 from 3 - 7. Refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring pictures to put on picture boards for all to see.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 20, 2018
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