Lawrence Burns

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April 9, 1958 – August 14, 1989

Lawrence Richard Burns was born in Detroit and for nine years worked at the Backstage restaurant, first as a waiter and later as assistant manager and bookkeeper.  A onetime resident of Palmer Park in Detroit, Burns lived in Westland.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.

Cruise, August 23, 1989

Muriel Van Patten

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April 27, 1932 – May 28, 2013

Born in the small town of Quincy, Muriel Van Patten earned her B.A. and M.A. at Eastern Michigan University.  She taught visual arts at Fenton High School and served as an elementary art teacher and principal in the Wayne-Westland Schools.  She retired from the Michigan Department of Education.  Van Patten had her own art shown in numerous exhibitions.  She was survived by her partner Wanda Jubb.

Detroit News, June 2, 2013