EDITORIAL: Meriden’s Amelia Mustone, public servant

EDITORIAL: Meriden’s Amelia Mustone, public servant

After a long career of public service, Amelia P. Mustone died recently at the age of 90. She died just days after her husband, John, 92, after almost 70 years of marriage.

Revered by many as a trailblazer for women in Connecticut politics during the 1970s and 80s, Amelia Mustone represented the 13th Senate District, which includes all of Meriden, from 1978 to 1994, and before that served for many years on the Meriden Board of Education.

Legislative colleagues remembered Mustone, a Democrat, for her intelligence, sincerity and being "ahead of her time" on issues she cared most about, including equal pay, workplace equality and abortion rights.

“She really did blaze a trail for many women in this state that followed her and became elected officials,” said Thomas Gaffey, a friend of Mustone who succeeded her in the 13th District Senate seat from 1995 to 2011.

“Amelia did not take ‘no’ for an answer and she got her way most of the time,” said longtime state Rep. Emil “Buddy” Altobello, who worked with Mustone during his time as a city councilor in the 1990s.

“She was a wonderful woman and a great legislator.”

Born in Massachusetts, the Mustones came to Meriden in 1960. John worked in the lighting industry, eventually founding his own company. He was an avid golfer and a lifelong Red Sox fan. 

Amelia soon became involved in several community organizations, including the NAACP and the League of Women Voters. She postponed her own ambitions while she assisted in launching John’s company. Together they raised seven children.

Both in the Connecticut Senate and as a leader in the National Conference of State Legislators, Amelia was noted for her ability to reach across the aisle to identify solutions to complex issues.

We salute Amelia and John Mustone for being a prominent part of the Meriden community for almost 60 years, and for the family teamwork that enabled Amelia to serve Meriden and the 13th Senate District for so many years.

(An obituary for Amelia and John Mustone appeared in the Record-Journal on July 9. Their wake will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 26, at Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish, Mount Carmel Campus. Burial will be private.)