Mildred J "Tootie" Bream

Mildred J. “Tootie” Bream, 83 lifelong resident of Iowa City died Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Bickford Cottage in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be held 10am Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, with burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7pm Tuesday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Tootie’s memory to Eastern Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association or Iowa City Hospice.  To share a memory, thought or condolence with her family please visit the funeral home website @

Mildred Joyce Miller was born August 13, 1935, in Iowa City, attended schools in Iowa City graduating from City High School in 1953.  She was united in marriage to Kenneth W. Bream on July 28, 1953.  The couple made their home here where she cherished raising their children. She worked outside their home for a number of years first at Mercy Hospital and later in the lunchroom at Southeast Junior High School where she could continue to care for young people!  Tootie and Ken loved to travel in later years, she was an avid reader and many family and friends have pieces of her cross-stitching she enjoyed doing. Tootie was also known to plug a few slot machines in her day!

Her family includes her three children, Kenneth W. Bream II; Steve Bream and his wife, Gail; and Deb Irvin and her husband, Dick; 6 grandchildren, Kenneth, Bryan (Carissa), Chris, Travis (Torrie), Jake (Cindy) and Colin; 2 great-grandchildren; a number of step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren and Tootie’s sister, Grace Boorman.  And after Ken’s death a dear friend was made, her dog, Muffin. 

Tootie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ken; 2 brothers, Harold and Kenneth Miller and her sister, Lila Miller.