A judge's widow was awarded $21,000 a year in workers compensation by a commissioner who ruled her husband died of overwork and stress from his numerous state tasks.

Commissioner Rhoda Loeb ruled recently that Superior Court Judge Frank J. Kinney's fatal heart attack two years ago was caused by stress and overwork from the legion of jobs he performed for the state Judicial Department.She described Kinney as "the epitome of the work ethic."

"I would rather have my husband than the money," said Kinney's wife, Joan. "That means nothing to me. . . . He was a very self-sacrificing person, and we always got along on very little."