Sister Gerry O’Laughlin was born in St. Louis, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1958 and was received into the novitiate as Sister John Ruth in 1959. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College in 1963 and a master’s degree in special education from Cardinal Stritch College in 1977.
Sister Gerry began teaching in Denver, Colorado, at St. James Grade School from 1962 to 1967. She went on to teach at Saints John & James Grade School in St. Louis (1963-1967); Bishop Healy School in St. Louis (1971-1973); St. Anthony in Atlanta, Georgia (1973-1977); Most Holy Rosary School in St. Louis (1977-1980); Little Flower in Mobile, Alabama (1980-1981); and Holy Angels Grade School in Indianapolis, Indiana (1981-1986). She also served as principal at Holy Angels from 1986 to 2001. After a brief sabbatical, Sister Gerry worked as a social service manager/educator at the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation from 2002 to 2003.
Returning to Holy Angels in Indianapolis in 2003, she served as interim principal until 2006. The next year, she served in community service at Nazareth Living Center. From 2007 to 2013, she was an curriculum coordinator at Mother Theodore Catholic Academies in Indianapolis.
Since 2013, Sister Gerry has served the aging sisters in her CSJ community as a Community Life staff member at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis.