Aleisha Ann Sonksen was born in Rockport on Oct. 16, 1993. Her life was tragically taken at the tender age of 17 years as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident on the night of June 20, 2011, in South Thomaston. She was the daughter of Marlowe and Nancy Sonksen of Camden and Joyce Burnham and Bob Polk of Owls Head. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Aleisha loved any activity on or around the water. She loved to water ski, swim, sail, and kayak or just soak up the sun at the water’s edge. These were most frequently enjoyed at her grandparents’ cottage on the lake in Hope.

She was an avid reader and loved to curl up with a good book and get lost in the story. She often shared books with family and friends and would talk of her love of the best book of the day.

In addition she also loved listening to music, game nights, painting and drawing, snow sports like skiing and snow boarding, and watching TV. In her early years she enjoyed participating in gymnastics following after her sister.

Her natural curiosity of the sciences drew her to share time late into the night with her father on the deck of their home watching the celestial events of the day like a meteor shower or eclipse of the moon.

She began her schooling in the Rockland schools and made many close friends. Between her freshman and sophomore year she transferred schools to Camden Hills Regional High School. She excelled at her academics in the honor’s program and was a straight A student who was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. She was just beginning to explore colleges and universities to pursue a career in the field of architecture.

Aleisha’s natural beauty and grace in which she carried herself was noticed by many as she always had a smile on her face, which she shared with others. With her deep compassionate and gentle ways she was always willing to support others with her encouraging words or to invite them to participate if it looked like they were being left behind. She was always willing to reach out with the kindness that was her way.

She participated in many school activities such as Nordic skiing, cross county running, Ultimate Frisbee and Destination Imagination.

Out of school Aleisha liked to volunteer her time to the local chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She was wonderful with children and was so patient with them all.

She is survived by her mother, Joyce Burnham and her companion, Bob Polk of Owls Head; father, Marlowe Sonksen and stepmom, Nancy Sonksen of Camden; older sister, Chelsea Sonksen of Owls Head; older stepbrother, Matthew Skidmore of Canada; her grandparents, John and Carole Burnham of Bradenton, Fla., and Marshall and Judy Sonksen of Bettendorf, Ind.; her great-grandmother, Freda Willhite of Waterloo, Ind.; as well as her many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Jacqueline Davis.

A memorial celebration of Aleisha’s life will take place at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland on Friday, June 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a brief service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Aleisha may be made to the CHRHS / Island School Trip (Camden Hills Regional High School Island School Trip), 25 Keelson Drive, Rockport, ME 04856. Please add “In memory of Aleisha Sonksen” on the donation.

To share a memory or condolence with Aleisha’s family, visit her online guest book at obituaries at bchfh.com.