Fredricka "Ricki" (Riggs) Schwanka

Born: Sat., Aug. 9, 1947
Died: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Funeral Service


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Feb. 17, 2019
Location: Scott Funeral Home, Inc.

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Fredricka “Ricki” (Riggs) Schwanka, 71, of Terryville, wife of Paul A. Schwanka passed away Friday February 15, 2019 at Bristol Hospital.

Ricki was born August 9, 1947 in Bristol, CT, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Mary (Sadoski) Riggs.  Prior to her retirement she was a florist for Jayne Eugene Florist and the former Village Florist of Terryville.  Ricki was a member of the Crescent Gallery, Thomaston and was a volunteer for Friends of the Terryville Public Library.

In addition to her husband Paul she is survived by her daughter, Megan Macfarlane of Millis, MA and a grandson Jack Macfarlane of MA; her brother Chuck Riggs and his wife Barbara of Terryville and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Sayedur Rahman for giving us so many years with Fredricka.  We also wish to give thanks for the loving care that she received at the Woman’s Cancer Center of St. Francis Hospital with special thanks to her nurse Bonnie and finally the care she received at the Bristol Hospital ICU.

Relatives and friends may visit at the Scott Funeral Home 169 Main St., Terryville on Sunday Feb. 17, 2019 from 4 to 7PM.  Memorial donations may be made to the Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston, P.O. Box 355, Thomaston, CT 06787.

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Holly Barnes Dozois
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Paul, Megan, Chuckie, Charles Paul and Dee Dee, and all the Sadoski cousins,

I was so saddened to read about Dreka/Ricki!! Way back in the day, she and Marsha were the best of friends and she used to be over our house all the time. She had such a beautiful smile and I remember her laughing a lot. She was very talented - both she and Dee Dee inherited all the artistic talent of the Becker/Sadoski's - nothing came to the Becker/Barnes side! I had heard that she had lots of health issues over the years and I pray that she is now at peace and with Jack and Mary and all the other relatives who have gone before her. Hang on to your memories during this difficult time. She is a part of my memories and I will never forget her.

With sincere sympathy,
Holly Barnes Dozois

joanne skoczylas
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Schwanka family,
Sorry to read of the passing of Ricki.
Joanne Skoczylas

Shirley Golnik
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Dear Paul,Megan,Jack, Chuck and all other family members and friends,
If words could heal your broken hearts and take away your grief and sadness, all would be well for all. Even though distance has seperated us for many years, in our hearts we still had the love and closeness of a dear friendship. We will remember all the good and funny times till we are together again. For now Rickie and Carl and family will be together at peace and no more pain and sickness. Much love from Arizona and big hugs! RIP my dear friend

Rob and Patty Lombard
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
I was so sad to here of the passing of Ricki this morning when Paul called me. I have known Ricki and Paul since 1992. When I meet them I immediately new that they would be more than customers of our business. They became family to my wife and myself. Our hearts go out to Paul and his family. Ricki will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

Rob, Patty and Willie Lombard

Ricky J Chasse
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Paul, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Take comfort in knowing that Ricki is no longer suffering and is at peace. May God bless you and your family.

Elaine Lambert
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Ricki’s family. Death is the hardest thing we have to deal with in life. I know my words can’t change anything and can do little to ease the pain you are feeling, so I pray that the God of comfort calm your hearts and help you heal.
(2 Thessalonians 2:16,17) Lean on Him in the days to follow. One way that God comforts us today is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. For the Bible’s answers to questions about grief and death please visit

Jim O’Neil
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Paul our deepest sympathies to you and you’re family our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim and paula ONeil and the officers and members of the Thomaston Fire Department

Maryann & Mark Grodecki
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Mark and I are very sorry to hear this sad news. Please know you are all in our hearts and prayers. Sending love and hugs from SC.

Marianne Gnatuk
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
So very sorry for your loss.

Diane Johnson
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
Meg, Jack and family - We want to extend our sincere heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your mother. Please know that we are thinking of you all and sending you lots of love. Please let us know if we can help in any way. Uncle Free, Diane, Edie and Cindy and families

Christine Gullotta
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
So sorry for your loss. May your sweet memories help you through this difficult time. God Bless from the Gullotta Family

Mark & Carol Sadoski
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
May the sadness of family and friends be softened by love for those left behind. Rest in peace, Fredricka.

B.J. (Minor) Melancon
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
Paul, I was so saddened to learn of Ricki's passing and her long struggle. I never knew her well, but what I did know, I always liked and respected.

Alison Doyle / Meghan Shopey / Emily Shopey
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Mr. Schwanka and family
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Mrs. Schwanka. She will always be remembered for what she gave each and every time we saw you both. Her smile and enthusiasm was infectious and she simply made the day better. We are saddened for your loss.

Alison Doyle / Meghan Shopey / Emily Shopey

Thomas and Frances Konopka
   Posted Wed February 20, 2019
Dear Paul, Meghan, Jack, Chuck and all other Schanka and Riggs family members. Tom and I wish to extend our sincere deepest sympathy at this time of loss, but don't think of it as Ricki's passing and gone forever, but remember the loving memories that you have made over the years together. Ricki will surely be missed by everyone that knew her, she was a very caring and giving person. We wanted to attend the wake to extend our sympathies in person, but we were both down with the cold and flu viruses. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tom and Frances Konopka

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