Cassandra J. Nowak, 54, of South Bend, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday March 7, 2018 at her home. She was born on December 27, 1963 in South Bend and was a lifelong area resident. On August 28, 1982, she married Mike Nowak, who survives. Also surviving are her son, Michael A. Nowak and a sister, Karen McDowell. She was preceded in death by a brother, Chris Erlacher. Cassandra loved going to the beach, swimming and sewing. Cremation will take place. No services to be held. Kaniewski Funeral Homes, South Bend, is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to ASPCA.org To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.