Dr. Deborah J. (Briggs) Sanderson


Deborah J. (Briggs) Sanderson, 61, went to be with the Lord on December 15, 2020, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. She was born January 28, 1959, in Rome, NY the daughter of Adrian (Skip) and Sarah Stirling Briggs. Deborah was educated at Stokes Elementary School, Strough Jr. High and graduated from RFA in June 1977. While at RFA she was a diver on the swim team. Deborah was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and accompanied the Cherub, children’s choir and sang in the youth choir. She also played hand bells in the Senior Bell Choir.

Deborah went to Geneseo College graduating in 1981 in Speech Therapy and continued on at Geneseo to obtain her Master’s Degree in Audiology, graduating in 1982.In 2009 she graduated from Salus University with her Doctorate in Audiology.

On October 23, 1982, she married Thomas Sanderson in First Presbyterian Church, Rome. They resided in Rochester, NY. Deborah was employed at Rochester Hearing and Speech Center for 35 years. She was a Senior Clinical Audiologist and a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She was also a member of the Irondequoit Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband Thomas Sanderson, a blessed union of 38 years; her two sons, Timothy and Joshua; her parents, Adrian and Sarah Briggs; and four sisters, Dr. Linda Moffatt, Cynthia (Mike) Briggs-Ford, Adrianne (David) Dubiel, and Patricia (Patrick) Politio; nieces and nephews, Kyle and Christopher (Monique) Moffatt, Allen (Christine) and Matthew Harris, Nicholas, Kimber, and Samantha Dubiel, Nicholas and Michael Politi; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at a time to be announced. Contributions may be made to the Cameron Community Ministries, 48 Cameron Street, Rochester, NY 14606; or to Rochester Hearing and Speech Center, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Suite 400, Rochester, NY 14620 or online at www.rhsc.org.


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