Lives were forever changed after a mass shooting at Ft. Lauderdale Airport this past Friday. Olga Woltering, Michael Oehme, Shirley Timmons and Terry Andres were tragically killed while waiting for their bags as their spouses stood nearby. They all arrived from out of state to begin their cruise vacations.
Olga Woltering, an 84-year-old great-grandmother and loyal church member, traveled from Cobb County, Georgia with her husband Ralph. They were going to celebrate Ralph's 90th birthday on a cruise leaving from South Florida.
Friends said Olga was originally from England. Parishioners at the Catholic Church of the Transfiguration in Cobb County remember Olga Woltering as "the life of the party." "She was always a bright spirit," Ron Schaefer said. "It was always a pleasure to see her smiling face and say hello to her."
Olga and her husband had been an active part of their congregation since 1978. She was also was active in the ladies auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charity affiliated with her church.
Michael Oehme, 57, was a land surveyor who owned his own business. He was a frequent traveler who enjoyed cruising with his wife. The couple was about to head out to sea again, his sister told The Associated Press on Saturday.
"They were happy to be going on another trip."
—Elizabeth Oehme-Miller, sister
"They were supposed to leave today," Elizabeth Oehme-Miller, 52, said by phone from Council Bluffs, Iowa, also the couple's hometown.
Elizabeth also confirmed that Michael's wife, Kari Oehme, is hospitalized with injuries from a gunshot wound to the shoulder and is expected to recover.
Terry Andres and his wife, Ann, flew to Florida for a Caribbean cruise, one of many they'd taken together over the years. Because they loved to travel, they'd booked a second trip immediately following the cruise, a week in Cancun, Mexico.
The night before they left their Virginia Beach home, the couple offered their generator to neighbors as a snowstorm bore down on the region.
Terry Andres worked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in nearby Portsmouth, neighbors said. He liked to golf and play tennis. And he was the guy who loaned out his tools to neighbors and did his own crown molding in his house, said neighbor Mark Lottinville.
The couple would have celebrated their birthdays during the two-week trip.
Tragedy struck an Ohio family when Shirley Timmons was slain and her husband was critically injured during the airport attack. The couple had flown to Fort Lauderdale to join the rest of their family for a cruise, WILE-FM reported.
Timmons' grandson, Steve Reineccius, confirmed over Facebook that his grandmother was one of the victims and that his grandfather Steve Timmons was wounded. They were both 70 years old.
Steve Timmons was shot in the head and underwent emergency surgery at a Fort Lauderdale hospital, where he's in critical condition, the station reported.
The couple's 51st wedding anniversary was in three weeks. They're from Senecaville, about 90 miles east of Columbus.
The fifth victim has yet to be publicly announced. Six other victims were wounded and remain in area hospitals.
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