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Religious Education
Sister Mary Ruth Gerlach
Sister Mary Ruth Gerlach

Sister Mary Ruth Gerlach, a Sister of Mercy and an educator who later was supervisor of the Mercy Medical Center Chapel, died Sept. 4 of lung cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 94. The daughter of a real estate broker and a homemaker, Ruth Gerlach was born and raised in West Baltimore. She was a graduate of St. Cecilia's parochial school. After graduating from Notre Dame Preparatory School in 1934, she entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1935 at Mount St. Agnes, taking the religious name of Sister Mary Raymond. In 1954, Sister Mary Ruth earned a bachelor's degree in education from the old Mount St. Agnes College in Mount Washington. She earned a master's...