Darlene Clara McClaine Roja

darlene mcclaine roja

March 8, 1933 ~ August 15, 2018

Darlene Clara (Uhas) McClaine Roja, 85, of Bethalto passed away at 9:49 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Bethalto Care Center in Bethalto, IL.

Darlene was born on March 8, 1933 in Panama, IL the daughter of Steve and Ima (Tanner) Uhas. She married Manuel G. “Manny” Roja on January 6, 1967 in Edwardsville, IL.  He preceded her in death on January 1, 2017

Darlene graduated from Hillsboro High School, and went on to work for both House of Sunshine in Litchfield, and later Peavey Flour Mill in Alton. She was a long-time member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Godfrey.  Darlene was a talented painter, creating oil and water colors.  She also enjoyed and took great pride in raising her many Chihuahuas. Known to most as “Muzz”, “Dar”, or “Granny”, her bubbling personality, unending cheerfulness, and radiant smile touched the lives of all around her. A force unlike any other, she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Irma Rogers; and nephew, Bobby Rogers.

Darlene is survived by her daughter, Darlynn (Nate) Hopper of Bethalto, IL; son, Carl (Elizabeth) McClaine of Bethalto, IL; grandchildren, Randal (Diana) Hopper, Holly (Ben) Hugghins, Joy (Robert) Cushman, Sarah (Chris) Pearson, Aaron (fiancée, Stefani Taylor) McClaine and Andrea (Matthew) Harris; great grandchildren, Jadyn, Malia, Tate, Mary Allison, Kenneth, David, Quorra, and Ashley; sister, Carolyn Uhas; sister-in-law, Shirley Trusty; and nieces and nephews, Dottie Caffrey, Mike Rogers, Greg Trusty, Jon Trusty, Percho Casuela, Chotte Casuela Salalima, and Chy Casuela Pike.

Cremation will be accorded prior to ceremonies.

Memorial Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 201 S. Main St., Sorento, IL 62568.

Inurnment will follow the ceremony at Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento.

Memorial Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.

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  1. Just found out Sunday afternoon that Muzz had passed away.  My heart and prayers go out to the family.  I’ve shared so many wonderful times with Muzz.  She was a very special lady and a beloved friend.  There aren’t words to describe the true joy she brought into my life.  She was one in a million and loved by many. I’ll miss you dearly but, you will forever remain in my thoughts and always in my heart. Love, Cookie

  2. An A Garden Path was sent on August 31, 2018

    Darlene’s shining example will always be remembered.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Mischa Noble Tuell and Claudia Noble Davidage

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