She is known for her bright smile and seemingly boundless energy and willingness to help, which she usually does. It is what has made North Riverside resident Teresa Hall the Woman of the Year of St. Mary Parish for the Vicariate 4 of the Chicago Archdiocese.

Hall was nominated for the honor because of her longtime work in the parish, which began when her son, Sam, was a student at the school. She chaired Catholic Schools’ Week and was a room mother at St. Mary’s. Later, when her son attended Nazareth Academy, she served on the parent board and chaired fashion shows.

At St. Mary’s she has worn many hats, served on the parish council, was an officer in Altar and Rosary/CCW, co-chaired of many fundraising events and served as lector, Eucharistic minister and as one of the original members of the liturgy committee. She is also the current vice president of Vicariate 4.

Hall is a one-woman hospitality committee, having put together more than 20 receptions at the parish, welcoming priests into the parish, hosting their retirement parties or seeing off priests as they leave for other assignments. You can depend on Teresa to bring the lemon bars and know how to make the large pots of coffee.

Outside of her parish commitments, she and her husband, Ray, also involved in the parish, share an interest in baseball with their son, Sam. Teresa loves to bake and her friends have been delighted to taste the result of her efforts. I know of what I write!

She is still close to Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in Chicago, where she attended grade school. For 30 years, she has been part of the family business, Tufano’s restaurant, in the “old neighborhood.”

Hall’s day job is as a mammographer at Hinsdale Imaging. In conjunction with her job she is part of the Open Arms Foundation at Hinsdale Hospital and has helped raise money through bake sales (more lemon bars) and walks to name a few.

She was an obvious choice for Woman of the Year from St. Mary Parish and will join the other recipients on May 18 at a luncheon at the Elmcrest Banquet Hall in Elmwood Park. Tickets are $35 and information is available by contacting the St. Mary’s Rectory at 447-1020.

Congrats, my friend!