CITY-COUNTRY STAR: Madonna Hedberg's career as the owner of Saddleworld and time as an airline hostess were among the challenges she and husband Lars took on together.
CITY-COUNTRY STAR: Madonna Hedberg's career as the owner of Saddleworld and time as an airline hostess were among the challenges she and husband Lars took on together. Contributed

UPDATE: Funeral announcement for the late Madonna Hedberg

UPDATE The funeral of well known Gympie region equestrian identity and businesswoman Madonna Hedberg will be held in Gympie on Monday, her family has confirmed.

Her husband and business partner Lars Hedberg said the funeral would be held at 1pm Monday at Gympie Funerals in Brisbane Road.

.

"MADONNA was a city girl who had to learn all about branding and weed spraying.”

This is but one of Lars Hedberg's memories and only part of the life story of prominent Gympie businesswoman Madonna Hedberg, whose career spanned airlines, fast food and horses.

Mrs Hedberg died last week aged 63.

Born Madonna Haughtey in Brisbane on December 14, 1956, she studied at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School.

Madonna Hedberg.
Madonna Hedberg. Contributed

The first step in her career was a 23-year run as a Qantas hostess, and it was a work where her and Lars first crossed paths.

"We met on a plane, which was against all the regulations,” he said.

MORE GYMPIE NEWS

They married on September 12, 1998.

The Hedbergs lived at outside Warwick on a cattle property, and moved to Gympie in 2000 to take over the town's McDonald's franchise.

"The community supported us and I think we contributed to the community as well,” Lars said.

Madonna Hedberg.
Madonna Hedberg. Contributed

It was the start of an ownership run of several businesses including Hungry Jacks and Saddleworld.

And it was a challenge they took on together until her death last week at age 63.

He last saw her alive on the morning of her death.

Mr Hedberg said he had left her to sleep in.

But when she did not answer a 10am phone call, he asked someone to look in on her.

She was found dead.

Madonna Hedberg.
Madonna Hedberg. Contributed

Lars said the social media response had been "overwhelming” from across all of the industries the Hedbergs dipped their toes into.

"We had no children together but we did everything together in our lives and work... fencing on our property, whatever.

"It's so sad. It's terrible.

"My life has turned upside down, but that's what sometimes happens in life.

"About eight months ago, I saw Madonna have probably the most fun she has had for years. We went to Cooroy RSL where she had booked a table to see an Elvis impersonator.

"No funeral date has been set yet.”

Gympie Times


POWER 30: Sneak peek at Gympie region's most influential #28

premium_icon POWER 30: Sneak peek at Gympie region's most influential #28

Strong drive to keep Gympie culture alive puts person on the list

Blessed 36mm falls on Gympie, but fire threat still real

premium_icon Blessed 36mm falls on Gympie, but fire threat still real

But fire ban remains in place across region

Gympie panelbeaters win New Business award

Gympie panelbeaters win New Business award

The Gympie couple were excited to win the award.