Dr. Lorraine C. Peissner-Bradshaw, Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home
Dr. Lorraine C. Peissner-Bradshaw
The spirit of Dr. Lorraine C. Peissner-Bradshaw, of Walnut Creek, California passed, on January 27, 2018 in Kirksville, Missouri. Dr. Lorraine Peissner- Bradshaw was born January 15, 1919 on Mayfield St. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Charles and Elizabeth Peissner; husband, Charles Bradshaw; brother, Joseph R. Peissner; Charles Peissner and his wife, Betty Peissner; sister, Elsie Telge and her husband Dr. Harold Telge; niece, Marilyn Feldberg; brother-in-law, John “Jack” Emerick; stepdaughter, Carol Bradshaw Tolsak; and stepson, Ronald Bradshaw, preceded her in death.
Lorraine’s sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Emerick of Pennsylvania; stepson, Chuck Bradshaw, Jr and his wife Irene; and stepson, Rick Bradshaw; sister-in-law Rosemarie Peissner survive her. Many step grandchildren; 21 nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; her lifelong friend and colleague of 70 years, Beverly Cox, Ph.D. of Oklahoma City; and her prayer partner and best friend, Joyce Hearn, Ph.D., survive Lorraine.
Lorraine had many accomplishments throughout her life. She was the first female international Liaison in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, appointed by Bishop McAuliffe of the Jefferson City, Missouri Diocese. Along with Fred Fritzsinger, Dr. Bradshaw founded the Kirksville Inter-Church Ministries and served as the first President.
Lorraine received her B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, and served as a research assistant. She attended the University of Oklahoma receiving a M.S. and Ph.D. Lorraine served as a researcher at the Mountain Desert Biological Laboratories, Bar Harbor, Maine, and for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Before coming to ATSU-KCOM in 1967, Lorraine was a professor of biology at Central State College at Edmond, Oklahoma. As a faculty member at ATSU-KCOM, Lorraine was a professor of physiology; assisted in various research projects for the Physiology department; and assisted the Dean of Students with counseling and admissions. Her understanding and compassion endeared her to the medical students. In 1992, Lorraine was the Program Chair for the Annual AOA Research Conference held in Kirksville, Missouri. Retiring in 1985, Dr. Lorraine Peissner-Bradshaw was granted Emeritus status by the ATSU-KCOM Board. The Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association Assembly bestowed an Alumnus Honorary Membership on Lorraine, during the annual meeting held in 1992.
After retirement, Lorraine moved to California, where she married for the first time, at age 72; to her beloved husband Charles “Chuck” Bradshaw. Lorraine and Chuck traveled the world gaining precious memories along the way.
Lorraine had an extraordinary soul, devoted to Jesus, her family and friends. Her unconditional love and spirit touched so many; presenting a positive role model and uplifting force among all who were fortunate to cross her path. Lorraine and memories of her are a treasure, as she is dearly loved by her family and friends. Lorraine lived in the moment, living life to the fullest, enjoying being “on the go”.
A Celebration of Life and Memorial Mass will be on Saturday, March 17, 2018; 10:00 a.m., at Mary Immaculate Church in Kirksville, Mo. Donations made in Lorraine’s name may go to Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 716 E Washington St, Kirksville, MO 63501; or the Burning Bush Ministries c/o Gary Divine 783 Catalina Drive, Livermore, Ca. 94550.