NORTH MANKATO —
On Feb. 14, about a month after the incident, Telthoester-Tschohl filed a will that had been signed by Tschohl on July 15, 1997. The signing of the will was witnessed by men identified as Patrick Moriarity and Wayne Plagge.
The will said Tschohl’s funeral expenses would be paid out of his estate and everything remaining would be turned over to Telthoester-Tschohl. Tschohl also said he was intentionally leaving living relatives out of the will. Other than his adopted daughter, Tschohl had no immediate family when he died. He was preceded in death by a brother and only had surviving cousins, according to his obituary.
Adoption records are private, but court administrators in Nicollet County said it is possible for someone to adopt an adult. Tschohl did explain his decision to give Telthoester-Tschohl control of his estate after he died.
“I believe that my designation of Audrey Tschohl as sole and primary devisee is equitable, in consideration of the many years of friendship and affection we have shared, and the many acts of kindness and generosity she has extended to me,” his will said. “I specifically disinherit all my relatives not specifically mentioned herein.”
At the time the will was filed, Telthoester-Tschohl said Tschohl had left $400,000 in cash, a homestead worth $150,000 about $5,000 in other property and no debt. Others, including Tschohl’s longtime friend and apartment owner Jo Tschohl, have estimated that the homestead is worth far more than $150,000 due to its location. Nicollet County’s evaluation of the property lists its value at $241,000.