Wilbert Stitzenberger, 74, who worked for the Labor Department for more than 30 years, died of cancer Thursday at this Arlington home.

Mr. Stitzenberger joined the Labor Department in 1935, and worked in Atlanta and Chicago before transferring to Washington in 1939. Before he retired in 1966, he had been division chief on professional placement, employer and union services, and finally, of labor recruitment and immigration services.

He served for a time during 1966 as a consultant with the International Labor Organization (ILO) in India.

Mr. Stitzenberger was born in Philadelphia and moved to Baltimore at an early age. He earned a bachelor's degree at American University.

He was commissioned an Army captain during World War II. At the close of the war he was sent to Japan to help develop a Japanese job classification system for the American forces. He remained in the reserves and retired in 1964 as a lieutenant colonel.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia M., of the home; two daughters, Kathryn Butler, of Forest Park, Ohio, and Jean Berg, of Falls Church; a son, Lee H., of Topanga, Calif., and five grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Hospice of Northern Virginia, c/o Rock Spring Congregational Church in Arlington.