Mrs. Lib Sattler, 1927-2023
Started Commonwealth Animal Hospital.around 1950


Elizabeth (Lib) Sattler, a Fullerton resident from 1955 to 1981 and more recently from 2016, has died at the age of 95. Born and raised in Vandergrift, PA, she earned an associate degree in business and accounting from Duff's Iron City College in Pittsburg before working at the Apollo Iron and Steel mill in Vandergrift. She married Fredrick P. Sattler in November 1947 and moved to Atlantic City, NJ where he was serving in the U. S. Navy. Shortly thereafter they moved to Columbus, OH where Fred earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Ohio State University before moving to Whittier, CA and having their first child.
One year later they moved to Fullerton, CA where they started Commonwealth Animal Hospital. Lib did everything from being a receptionist to keeping the books.
Lib was involved in several women's organizations including Children's Home Society and Assistance League. In the late 70s they purchased land and built a home in Big Bear Lake, commuting weekly until moving there full time in 1980. Later they purchased property on the Umqua River in Scottsburg, OR and kept their motor home at Outdoor Resorts in Cathedral City. Amongst her most notable achievements was getting her twin engine pilots license to be the safety backup when the family flew their private plane across the country. Lib was a great cook and was especially known for her apple pie, which was usually requested instead of cake at her children's birthday celebrations.
She and Fred flew their plane as far north as the Arctic Circle in Alaska and across the Gulf of Mexico to Cozumel in the Yucatan. Big Bear brought the family the enjoyment of tennis and skiing. Later in life they traveled the country in their motor home visiting family and friends in Ohio on an annual basis. She was a grandmother that loved being with the grandkids staying up late to watch movies and play games with them. Traveling to grandma's in Big Bear for Thanksgiving and Christmas was always a cherished event. Everyone loved her.
There was no judgement, only acceptance and support. Fred and Lib came back to Fullerton in 2016 moving into Morningside. He pre-deceased her in 2022 after 74 years of marriage. Lib is survived by her three children and their spouses Robert (Daisy), Karen Cova (Kevin) and Jim (Jeannie), 9 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.
McAulay & Wallace Mortuary Published by Orange County Register on May 28, 2023.