John Edward Quander, 83, a retired tractor-trailer driver for the Safeway stores, died Sunday at Providence Hospital after having a heart attack while attending mass at Saint Benedict the Moor Catholic Church in Washington.

He had worked for Safeway and its predecessor companies for 42 years before his retirement in 1962. He had received a meritorious citation for safe driving.

Mr. Quander was born in Upper Marlboro, a member of a family which traced its roots back over 200 years in the Washington area.

He served with the U.S. Army in World War I and came to Washington after the war, residing here since then.

Mr. Quander was active in the Kingman Park Civic Association. He belonged to the Holy Name Society of Saint Benedict the Moor Church, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the Knights of Saint John and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Helen O. Quander of Washington; three children, Sylvester, John Edward Jr. and Evelyn Quander Rattley, all of Washington; four brothers, Francis, Paul, Eugene and James, of Washington; three sisters, Henrietta Quander Walls and Christine Quander Simmons of Upper Marlboro, and Mary Quander Eaton of Washington, 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.