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Helen Kutsher die, at the age of 89

Helen Kutsher die, at the age of 89, The lady who doted on generations of guests at one of the most famous "Borscht Belt" hotels, has died. Family members said Kutsher died Tuesday in a hospital in Philadelphia, where she had lived for several years. Kutsher's was founded in 1907 in the Catskills and became a big name in the days when the region attracted largely Jewish families who drove a few hours north from New York City to escape the summer heat. In the region's heyday, Kutsher's was known for serving up big portions of prime rib and blintzes and for attracting entertainers like Tony Bennett and Milton Berle. Wilt Chamberlain worked there as a bellhop. It was the sort of big, bustling resort portrayed in the 1987 movie "Dirty Dancing." Helen Kutsher was the face of the resort, gregariously greeting guests with a smile when they walked in and making sure their needs were met. "She was more than the greeter, she was the heart of the hotel,"