Carol Jean Driscoll, 69, Nett Lake, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2010, at Rochester, MN, with her daughter at her side, after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Pike Bay Township in Cass County on September 21, 1940, to Tim and Leonore (Chosa) Driscoll. She grew up mainly at the Prairie Portage area of Basswood Lake, near Ely. Her family owned and operated a summer resort business on Basswood Lake, then wintered in Ely. It was family owned until it was taken over to become part of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. As a young adult she ran her own canoe outfitting business at Northern Light Lake for a number of years. She married Art Martin and they relocated to Quetico Park, Canada, and lived a number of years in Ft. Frances. She divorced, then lived in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she worked for Anishinaabe Aski Nation, Ontario Native Women’s Association, Metis Non-status Association and the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and an Honors Bachelors of Arts in Sociology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, where she also completed work at a Master’s level. She was elected to both the Ontario Native Women’s Board and the Migizi Anishinaabekwe Organization.
She was also elected as the Chair of the Aboriginal Management Council of Lakehead University which is comprised of representative from Indian organizations and political agencies. Carol Jean served 6 years as Administrative Law Judge for the Province of Ontario. She was always a strong advocate for Native American women and children. She later worked for St. Louis County as a social worker for families and children under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Carol Jean was known as strong and fair minded.
She is survived by 1 daughter, Jennie Lee Rowland of Grand Rapids, MN; 3 Grandchildren: Winona, Alexander and McKenzie Stevens; along with numerous cousins and other special relatives and friends.
SERVICES: Traditional Tribal Services were held at 10:00 AM Saturday (Sept. 18th), at the Nett Lake Community Center. Gilbert Smith was the spiritual advisor. Visitation was after 4:00 PM Friday at the Center. The casket bearers were: Vincent Chosa, Cordell Chosa, Dennis Hilmas, Donald Chosa III., Brent Chosa and Joseph Chosa. The honorary bearers were Donald Chosa Jr. and Shane Drift.
Interment was in the Nett Lake Cemetery. Arrangements werewith the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.