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Roberta "Bobbie" Jean Breman

Updated: Aug 1


Roberta (Bobbie) Breman, born on September 30, 1925, went to join her beloved husband, Bill, on July 22, 2022 after a brief illness. A visitation will be held on Monday, August 1 at Brooks Funeral Care (7975 University Blvd, Clive, IA) from 5:00-7:00pm. Service will be held on Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00am West Des Moines Christian Church (4501 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA).


Bobbie was born in Valley Junction, now West Des Moines, to John and Zola Cook. Bobbie was our most recent family historian, and we enjoyed hearing the many stories she shared about her great grandfather, James C. Jordan, the founder of Valley Junction. Bobbie graduated from Valley High School in 1943 and following graduation she worked for the City of West Des Moines, and later for Iowa Power and Light. She met her husband Bill in 1947 and they married in 1950. Bobbie and Bill raised their three children in West Des Moines and were actively involved in church, school, and scouting activities. Some of the happiest times for Bobbie were spent dancing the night away at the Tromar Ballroom in Des Moines. Bobbie belonged to a business-women’s sorority, Beta Sigma Phi, and was a senior member of the Rainbow Girls. Bobbie loved attending their daughter’s horse shows and spent many, many hours helping as a den mother for their sons’ years in Cub Scouts. Bobbie and Bill enjoyed square dancing and traveled to many small Iowa towns to join their friends dancing. One of Bobbie’s favorite memories of their church was when she and Bill were co-founders of the annual Live Nativity Scene, which is still taking place more than 50 years later. When their children were a little older, Bobbie and Bill enjoyed hosting many foreign exchange students from Korea. Bobbie was also known for her love of all things pink.


Preceding Bobbie in death are her husband, Bill, son William, brother Glenn Cook, sisters Ellabelle Joplin, Gwendolyn Stevens, and Emily Warhurst.


Bobbie is survived by her son, Stephen (Melissa), West Des Moines, and daughter Cynthia of West Des Moines. Bobbie was “Grammie” to Kathleen (Anthony) Schaner, Danielle (Scott) Crawford, Alexandra Breman, and Caroline (Spenser) Jeshani. Also surviving are Bobbie’s great-grandchildren William and Cheyenne Crawford, Connor Breman, and Harper Jeshani, along with many beloved nieces and nephews. We would like to thank the staff at Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Care Center for their friendship and loving care. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.