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Originally published Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

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Service set for Canadian last seen in NV desert

A Canadian man will be remembered at a public memorial service Saturday, more than a year after he was last seen leaving his stranded van in the Nevada wilderness.

Associated Press

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RENO, Nev. —

A Canadian man will be remembered at a public memorial service Saturday, more than a year after he was last seen leaving his stranded van in the Nevada wilderness.

The service for Albert Chretien will be held at the Bethel Church in his hometown of Penticton, British Columbia.

His 56-year-old wife, Rita Chretien, was found alive last May 6 in Elko County near the Idaho line. She stayed in the van for seven weeks, surviving on trail mix, candy and snow.

But there has been no sign of her 59-year-old husband since he set out March 22, 2011, from the couple's van in search of help.

Family spokeswoman Hannah Hyland says the service was scheduled after family and friends reluctantly accepted several months ago that he could not have survived.

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