George R. Wendlandt, 73, a retired Government Printing Office bookbinder who was active in church organizations and who twice was a D.C. handball champion, died Sept. 25 at George Washington University Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Wendlandt was a native of Duluth, Minn. He first came to Washington in 1935. During the next nine years, he worked for the GPO, as a bindery foreman in the D.C. Public Library and as an assistant printing superintendent for the D.C. government. He then went back to Duluth, where he ran a family bookbindery.

In 1957, Mr. Wendlandt returned to this area and settled in Takoma Park.

In 1960, he joined the GPO again and was a bookbinder there until he retired in 1973. He had lived in Silver Spring since the early 1970s and was a part-time agent with the Carl Goldberg real estate firm in Bethesda from 1974 until his death.

Mr. Wendlandt was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Washington and had served as its stewardship chairman, financial secretary and head usher. a

Mr. Wendlandt was the handball singles champion of the District of Columbia in 1939 and 1941. In 1944, he finished third in a national tournament in Minneapolis. He coached the sport at the YMCA in Washington in the 1950s.

Mr. Wendlandt's first wife, the former Margaret Haislip, died in 1968.

Survivors include his second wife, Mary P., of Silver Spring; three daughers by his first marriage, Nancy Carter of Rockville, Peggy Campanella of Takoma Park, and Grace Shirey of Silver Spring; a brother, Vernon L., of Long Island, N.Y.; a sister, Violet H. Buck of Bayfield, Wis., and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Memorial Fund at Grace Lutheran Church, Washington D.C.