Rosalind Viola Kemmerer Briggs
April 8, 1924 - November 13, 2023

Rosalind Viola Kemmerer Briggs, died at home in Zephyrhills, Florida, November 13, 2023 under the care of her son and daughter-in-law, Stuart and Cheri Briggs.

Born April 8, 1924 in Root, NY, the only child of Xava Brown Kemmerer and Reverend James Wesley Kemmerer, she attended local schools, then graduated from Albany State University.  She also earned a Master’s Degree from Oswego State University.  She taught high school English at Sackets Harbor Central School, until her retirement in 1979.

She married William Duane Briggs on April 6th, 1947, in the Community Church at Orwell, NY.  They lived on the family farm in Henderson, NY.

After their retirement, Rosalind and Duane spent many years traveling in their RV across the country, making new friends and having countless adventures.  They eventually settled in Zephyrhills, FL., where Mr. Briggs died, October 5, 2009.

An avid genealogist, Rosalind devoted much of her time to meticulously researching both her family and her husband’s family.  She leaves a large body of research.

She is survived by a daughter, Victoria Elmer, Watertown, NY, and six sons, William D. Briggs,Jr (Laurie), Henderson, NY, Douglas Briggs (Elizabeth), Mohawk, NY, Darryl Briggs, Stephen Briggs (Angie), Shirley, MA, Philip Briggs (Davd Flaherty), Syracuse, NY and Stuart Briggs (Cheri), Zephyrhills.

She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Rebecca (Tracy) Booth, Rachel (late David) Rarick, Zachary (Shannon Dowty) Briggs, Nicole (Skyler) Barney, Shannon Briggs, Christopher Briggs, Caitlin Briggs, Cara Briggs, Jeremiah Briggs, Scott (Tammy) Schultz and Julie (Anthony) Tapp.  Her great grandchildren include Nathan and Caleb Booth, Evelyn and Michael Rarick, Zachary, Isaac and Lucas Schultz, and AJ, LilyAnne and Camellia Tapp.

Rosalind is predeceased by her husband, Duane, a son David and an infant daughter, Cheryl.  There are no calling hours or funeral.  The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.


  • Lawrence Coburn Posted November 16, 2023 8:12 am

    You were a well respected person and teacher “Mrs. Briggs”… as a student and friend to many of your children-I can vouch for that. Also, it’s Sad news that I read that David had passed previously… our alumni crew has been looking for him. Now, we know. RIP …

  • Kenyon Wells Posted November 16, 2023 8:13 am

    My condolences to Mrs. Briggs’ family. Mrs. Briggs was my English teacher my sophmore year in Sackets, 1965-1966. She taught me how to read critically and enjoy books at the same time. She opened my eyes to books that were not a part of the curriculum and encouraged all of us in her class to be better readers and writers.

  • Mary Jarvis Nugent Posted November 16, 2023 7:54 pm

    So sorry to hear of Roseland passing. We become very good friends back when we lived in Hi and Dri and when both families moved out to other parks. I am happy that I visited her about two months ago. She was very special, and Duane, to me. RIP

  • Posted November 18, 2023 7:27 am

    Dear Briggs Family, I remember Mrs. Briggs in high school. She tolerated no misbehavior and demanded respect in the classroom. Her expectations did us all a great service. She raised a family of wonderful people. I graduated with Bill. We continue our friendship with his wife Laurie, who I am sure her Mother-in-law appreciated. Rest in peace Mrs. Briggs and peace and comfort to your family. Dawn Dodge (Leuze) DeBadts

  • Loretta Whalen Stamps Posted November 18, 2023 9:31 pm

    I’ve often thought of Mrs. Briggs over the years and it is good to read that she lived a such long and adventurous life. Mrs. Briggs was my 9th grade English teacher. She is the one who set me on the writer’s path, and I remember her words of encouragement and praise to this day. There is always some teacher who changes your life for the better. She is that teacher for me.

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