Correction: An earlier version of this story failed to note that Mrs. Garfinkel sang professionally as Ann Kay. It also incorrectly identified her daughter, Ellen Ehrlich, as Ellen C. Ehrlich.
Ann Kay Garfinkel, who worked as a secretary before pursuing an interest in singing, died Jan. 2 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md. She was 100.
She had dementia, according to her death certificate. Her daughter, Ellen Ehrlich, confirmed the death.
Ann Tempkins was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Eastern High School. Early in her career, she worked for the National Production Authority. She later spent about 10 years as a secretary at the old U.S. Soldiers’ Home in Washington.
In the late 1960s, she moved to Miami Beach, Fla., to pursue a singing career under the name Ann Kay. She had a repertoire that ranged from light opera to popular ballads. She returned to the Washington area about 10 years ago.
Her first marriage, to violinist Harry Cherkassky, ended in divorce.
He second husband, Ben Garfinkel, died in 1980 after six years of marriage.
Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Ellen Ehrlich of Montgomery Village, Md., and Myron Cherkassky of Silver Spring, Md.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes